May 23, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull’s magical infrastructure re-announcement tour

The Liberal Government’s magical infrastructure re-announcement tour reached farcical proportions today with Malcolm Turnbull pretending that an upgrade of the Eden Port was new when it was actually announced in 2013.

This is precisely the same commitment of funding towards an upgrade of the Eden Port to accommodate cruise ships that was included in the former Federal Labor Government’s 2013 Budget.

Former Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly, who is contesting Eden-Monaro in the July 2 election, announced this project in July 2013.

Voters in Eden-Monaro should not be fooled into thinking this is new money.

Indeed, they should despair at the three wasted years during which time the Liberals have failed to progress this important project.

It is good that both Mr Turnbull and the NSW State Government have finally decided to support the upgrade, which will boost NSW South Coast tourism industry and create new jobs.

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

To conceal its inaction, the Turnbull Government has incessantly re-announced projects planned and funded by the former Labor Government to pretend they are new.

Only a Shorten Labor Government can be trusted to deliver the infrastructure investment needed to boost economic productivity and create new jobs in Eden-Monaro.