Jun 12, 2016

Liberals have let down Page

The Abbott-Turnbull Government has short-changed the people of Page with more than $11 million in cuts to Financial Assistance Grants used by local councils to maintain roads.

The Liberals also cut investment in the Pacific Highway duplication by $351 million in the 2016 Budget, following on from a cut of $130 million in the 2015 Budget.

Only a Shorten Labor Government can be trusted to invest in the infrastructure needed in northern New South Wales to boost economic productivity and improve road safety; and to ensure councils have the resources they need to maintain local roads.

We stand on our record.

Between 2007 and 2013, the former Labor Government invested $7.9 billion on the Pacific Highway duplication.

That investment dwarfed the $1.3 billion invested by the former Howard Coalition Government over 12 years.

Labor also built and opened the Alstonville Bypass, which was completed in 2011.

The bypass has reduced the level of traffic moving through Alstonville by 50 per cent and eliminated a major bottleneck between Ballina and Lismore.

The Government has talked a lot about infrastructure investment but has cut funding.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that between the September quarters of 2013 and 2015, public sector infrastructure investment declined by 20 per cent.

To conceal its failures, the Liberals have re-announced road projects developed and funded under the former Labor Government to pretend they are new.

Only a Shorten Labor Government will get nation-building back on track.