Sep 7, 2014

One year of the Abbott Government: Road promises turn to rubble

A year after his election Tony Abbott’s grand promises on infrastructure have turned to rubble, with not a single new major project commenced on his watch.

Mr Abbott has also recklessly prepaid billions of dollars of funding to road projects around the nation that have not been the subject to proper cost-benefit analysis – a clear breach of another clear pre-election promise.

On Mr Abbott’s first anniversary as Prime Minister, Australians should remember his solemn undertakings on infrastructure, including his claim on October 29, 2012, that –

“There’ll be cranes over our cities and bulldozers working on big infrastructure projects such as WestConnex in Sydney and the East-West Link in Melbourne that will be under way within 12 months of a change of government.”


Just as he has broken his undertakings not to cut pensions or spending on health and education, Mr Abbott has failed to begin work on a single new major project that was not conceived, approved and funded by the previous Labor Government.

There are no cranes or bulldozers, just bulldust from a government that treats election promises like plates at a Greek wedding.

Mr Abbott also vowed before the election that any new infrastructure project worth more than $100 million would not go ahead without a proper cost-benefit analysis reviewed by the independent Infrastructure Australia.

But since taking office Mr Abbott has handed $2 billion to the NSW Government for its Westconnex road project and $1.5 billion to the Victorian Government for its East-West Link.

Neither of these projects has been the subject of proper cost-benefit analysis prior to the payments being made.

Mr Abbott had a plan to win government but no plan to actually govern, leading to a trail of broken promises and his pathetic attempts to misrepresent Nation Building projects delivered by the previous Labor Government as though they are somehow new.

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