May 2, 2013

LNP’s promise to ‘fix the Bruce’ now on the Never-Never

In recent days the LNP’s promise to “fix the Bruce” descended further into high farce, with Nationals Leader and Shadow Infrastructure and Transport Minister Warren Truss finally admitting they have no idea how much they will commit to the Highway or what projects they would fund.

More than nine months after his convoy of deception drove the Highway, all Mr Truss can now say is:

“The Coalition will be making announcements about the size of our commitments to the Bruce Highway … nearer to the election.”


These weasel words make a mockery of the assurance given by Tony Abbott during a visit to Rockhampton earlier this year:

“I am going to be making some very substantial announcements about the Bruce Highway in coming weeks…”


That was more than two months ago and all we’ve had from Mr Abbott since is radio silence.  But while he has had nothing further to say about the Bruce Highway, it hasn’t stopped him promising $4.5 billion in recent months for road projects in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Communities along the Bruce Highway deserve better.

This latest embarrassing admission by Mr Truss capped off a week in which he “committed” the LNP to providing $8 billion over ten years for the Highway only to be forced into withdrawing the promise 24 hours later after being rolled by Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey.

For our part, Federal Labor is getting on with rolling out our $4.1 billion, 10 year plan to build a better, safer Bruce Highway.  That’s more than what the State Government asked for and takes our total commitment to this vital road to $5.7 billion.

Compared to the former Howard Government’s record of just $1.3 billion over 12 years, we’ve already committed more than four times as much over similar period of time.

When it comes to the Bruce Highway, Labor will always deliver more than the LNP.