Oct 24, 2018

Media Release – Morrison Must Release Funding for Linkfield Road Overpass

Scott Morrison should immediately release the funding he has secretly allocated for the Linkfield Road Overpass and get on with this important project.

According to media leaks, the Federal Government allocated investment for 10 major infrastructure projects including the Linkfield Road Overpass six months ago, in the 2018 Budget.

But it cynically chose to sit on the funding for announcement during the next Federal election campaign.

In Question Time today Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese asked Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack: “Why at a time when the road toll is rising and congestion in our cities is worsening, is the Government sitting on these projects and not getting on with the job of delivering them?’’

But Mr McCormack failed to address the question.

Mr Albanese said Prime Minister Scott Morrison should end the political games and release the money now so it can be put to use in the public interest.

“Scott Morrison should stop pussy footing around,’’ Mr Albanese said.

“Commencing this project now would create much-needed economic activity and construction jobs in the short term and important productivity gains once the project is completed.

“The Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has spent five years cutting infrastructure investment and now wants more delays to suit its political convenience.

“Either that or the investment is not real and the projects would be pushed off into the Never-Never by a re-elected Morrison Government.’’

Labor candidate for Dickson Ali France said Federal Labor committed $60 million for the Linkfield Road Overpass in August.

“If both the Coalition and Labor all agree the overpass is necessary, we should stop looking for unnecessary delays and obstacles and get on with the job in the public interest,’’ Ms France said.

“This overpass will make a real difference to my community in terms of road safety and convenience.

“We’ve waited long enough.’’