Coalition leaves WA short changed yet again

Published on Wed 14 September 2016 2:00pm

Federal Labor Member for Fremantle, Josh Wilson MP today condemned the Turnbull Coalition Government for its unfair treatment of WA and blatant disregard of the state’s pressing transport infrastructure needs.

According to its own formal election costings as submitted to the Parliamentary Budget Office,

only three of the 78 new road and bridge projects the Turnbull Government announced are located in the West.

“It’s very hard not to conclude that the Coalition continues to take WA for granted when you look at the absence of any reasonable investment in Western Australia, leaving West Australians short changed once again.”

The costings also demonstrate the blatant pork barreling undertaken by the Coalition with the infrastructure budget.

“The simple fact that 76 of these 78 projects are in seats that the Coalition held prior to 2 July tells a pretty clear story of political bias in decision making,” said Mr Wilson.

“Instead of funding swathes of small projects that should be in the remit of local and state jurisdictions, Mr Turnbull should turn his attention to the serious task of planning and building major and effective infrastructure.”

“In Fremantle alone, a bridge across the Kwinana Freeway connecting North Lake and Armadale Roads, which Labor committed to building, would go a long way to alleviating the severe congestion around Cockburn Central.”

“Labor understands that this bridge and other carefully considered major projects, such as Labor’s Metronet proposal to expand Perth’s commuter rail network, are the kind of critical installations that will ease congestion and boost productivity.”

The Coalition’s total funding commitment for the 78 projects is $860 million, with just 4 per cent earmarked for projects in WA and no new money dedicated to public transport.

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