May 24, 2018

Media Release – Western Sydney Rail a Low Priority for Coalition – Thursday, 24 May 2018

The Turnbull Government places greater priority on tax cuts for big business than building the much needed Western Sydney Rail to give people of the region the public transport services they deserve.

Before the delivery of the recent Federal Budget, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claimed he would deliver a north-south train line through Western Sydney to the new Western Sydney Airport.

But when the Budget was delivered, it did not include a dollar for the construction of this important public transport project.

Today, amid reports that the Nationals want to abandon the Government’s $80 billion in business tax cuts, I asked Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack whether he would re-allocate some of that money to the Western Sydney Rail project.

Mr McCormack refused.

It is clear that the Prime Minister and his Infrastructure Minister have misled Australians about funding Western Sydney Rail.

The priority of the Nationals Leader is giving big businesses tax cuts rather than boosting funds in his own portfolio to build the Western Sydney Airport and other critical infrastructure projects.

Its early construction is imperative to ensure that the people of Western Sydney will be able to access new jobs that are expected to be created at the airport and in surrounding industries.