Oct 24, 2013

Train wreck: Abbott duds SA on infrastructure

Self-described ‘Infrastructure Prime Minister’ Tony Abbott has axed funding for one of South Australia’s most important infrastructure projects.

The decision to rip more than $76 million federal funding away from the Gawler line electrification project could cost up to 1200 jobs.

More than 10,000 people who were set to receive faster, more efficient and more frequent services under Labor will now face longer journeys and fewer trains.

This is just the first casualty of Tony Abbott’s infrastructure hit list. He must now confirm which other federally funded projects South Australians will lose:

  • South Road – Torrens to Torrens Upgrade ($488 million)
  • Tonsley Park Public Transport Project ($31.5 million)
  • Managed Motorways improving the South Eastern Freeway ($12.5 million)
  • APY Lands road upgrades ($85 million)

“This is Tony Abbott’s latest betrayal of South Australians” Senator Wong said.

“He’s announced cuts to car industry support which will cost thousands of local jobs, and he’s junked the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

“Tony Abbott cannot be trusted to look after the interests of South Australians.”

Only Federal Labor has a positive vision and a clear plan to build Australia’s future with investment in roads, rail and public transport.