Labor welcomes today’s planned sod-turning on the Inland Rail project from Brisbane to Melbourne, but notes the Coalition had promised to commence the project more than two years ago.
Eight hundred and twenty-seven days have passed since the Coalition’s promised start date, which it committed to via a media release during the 2013 election campaign.
The inaction came despite the former Labor Government having invested $600 million to upgrade existing lines that will form part of Inland Rail route and having provided $300 million in the 2013 Budget to take the project forward.
In spite of the time delay, there has still been inadequate consultation with farming communities and there is real concern about the route of the project.
It is also the case that the line doesn’t go to the Port of Brisbane, stopping 38km short at Acacia Ridge.
The Nationals have used this project to seek political support, but have let down regional Australia by failing to put in the hard work needed to drive its delivery.
THURSDAY, 13 DECEMBER, 2018
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.