Warren Truss’ shameless re-announcement tour has moved to his home state of Queensland, where he has claimed the $1.5 billion Labor Government-funded Legacy Way project as the Coalition’s own.
In an attempt to conceal the government’s lack of an infrastructure agenda, Mr Truss has posted photographs of himself on social media inspecting the project, which will include a 4.6 kilometre tunnel connecting the Western Freeway at Toowong with the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove.
Construction commenced in 2011 under the previous Labor Government and I attended the breakthrough of the tunnel this time last year – five months ahead of schedule. Once completed in 2015, Legacy Way will almost halve peak hour travel times between the Centenary Bridge and the Inner City Bypass.
In recent months Mr Truss has re-announced literally dozens of Labor-funded infrastructure projects across the country.
They are good projects and deserve to be celebrated.
But Mr Truss is attempting to use these re-announcements to conceal his real agenda – drastic spending cuts such as his refusal to fund public transport schemes like Brisbane’s Cross-River Rail project, which would address the city’s traffic congestion.
When Labor took office in 2007, Australia was 20th out of 25 OECD countries in terms of infrastructure development as a proportion of GDP.
After six years of Labor nation-building, Australia now tops that list.
While Labor is pleased to see its investments coming to fruition, we remain concerned that the Abbott Government will reduce infrastructure spending in next month’s Budget, starting with the $715 million it has confirmed it will strip out of the existing Budget which had been earmarked for the Cross-River Rail project.