Nearly two years after Turnbull’s broken promise to fix WA’s GST shortfall, today’s announcement falls short.
After taking WA for granted and refusing to visit for 170 days, he is desperately trying to play catch-up on the eve of an election.
Making an announcement at five minutes to midnight because an election is around the corner doesn’t make up for five years of neglect.
Turnbull must clarify immediately how much of this money is just general infrastructure funding that the Commonwealth owes Western Australia, and he must be honest about when the money will be paid.
Western Australia deserves additional funding over and above general infrastructure payments, and they deserve it now – that’s what Labor is offering.
Anything less than funding equivalent to 70 cents in the dollar just is not good enough.
Will Western Australians have to wait five years and two elections for new infrastructure? Why would anyone trust Turnbull to deliver?
In contrast, a Shorten Labor Government will bring WA up to the equivalent of 70 cents in our first budget – and boost infrastructure investment with an extra $1.6 billion over just two years.
Labor has worked hard in WA, listening to locals and working with McGowan Government. Our infrastructure projects will build roads, rail lines and train stations, and open new hospital beds. These projects will create 16,000 new jobs for Western Australians.
Bill Shorten has spent more than 60 days in WA since the last election, holding town hall meetings and outlining our plans for new jobs and infrastructure.
For Turnbull, WA is just a stop-over state on his way home. Western Australians deserve better than this desperate election eve ploy.
He doesn’t care about Western Australia – if he did, he would deliver 70 cents in the dollar straight away, instead of a dud deal.
Labor has committed to the following projects from the Fair Share for WA Fund:
- $83 million for the Midland Train Station and extension of Midland train line to Bellevue, creating 280 direct and indirect jobs.
- $64 million for the Extension of the Stephenson Avenue in the City of Stirling, creating 850 direct and indirect jobs.
- $108 million commitment to expanding the Mitchell Freeway to Romeo Rd, creating 875 direct and indirect jobs.
- $240.5 million to extend the Armadale line to Byford, creating over 3000 direct and indirect jobs.
- $154 million to a new 75 bed mental health unit at the Joondalup health campus, creating 2000 direct and indirect jobs.
- $700 million commitment to build the Morley-Ellenbrook line, creating 9000 direct and indirect jobs.
- $47 million for the Leach Highway /Welshpool Road Intersection upgrade, creating 375 direct and indirect jobs.
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.