May 16, 2016

Labor to resume record infrastructure funding to get Western Australia moving again

A Shorten Labor Government will create jobs and launch infrastructure projects to drive productivity and support Western Australia’s successful transition to a diversified economy.

Today Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, joined Labor Candidate for Swan, Tammy Solonec, and Labor Candidate for Hasluck, Bill Leadbetter, to inspect the billion dollar Gateway WA project, which was promised, funded and built by the former Labor Government. More than 1,000 people were employed during its construction, which was completed in December 2015.

Gateway WA is just one of the infrastructure projects funded by Labor, along with upgrades to the Great Eastern Highway, Great Northern Highway, North West Coastal Highway, Tonkin Highway and Leach Highway. Labor also funded the landmark Perth CityLink public transport project.

Meanwhile, the Liberals have reannounced these projects as their own, and embarked on a state-wide magical mystery infrastructure tour of “announcements” in a bid to hide their own failure to invest in Western Australia. 

After nearly three years in office, the Liberals have failed to embark on a single new project in Western Australia. As motorists face worsening traffic congestion, the Liberals’ flawed Perth Freight Link project remains stalled in the courts.

More than three years after the former Labor Government allocated $500 million for public transport projects, the Abbott-Turnbull Government has sat on its hands as traffic worsens. The West Australian public deserves better.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that since the Liberals came to power, public infrastructure funding has fallen by 20 per cent.

In this year’s Budget, Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals cut $72 million funding for the Swan Valley Bypass and more than $10 million from the Great Northern Highway.

Motorists are fed up with traffic congestion, and the Liberals don’t have a plan. We want to press ahead with the infrastructure projects that Western Australia needs, so that locals spend less time on the road and more time at home with their families.

West Australians know that only a Shorten Labor Government will deliver the infrastructure that they deserve.