The announcement by Malcolm Turnbull today that Victoria will receive $5 billion for their Airport rail line is another example of Queensland being ripped off by his Liberal National Government.
Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said that the investment stood in stark contrast to the neglect of Queensland’s critical infrastructure by the LNP.
“This announcement goes to prove that Queensland continues to be dudded by Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal National Government,” Ms Trad said.
“They’re gifting Victoria with $5 billion for an infrastructure project without a business case, a rail line that doesn’t yet have an alignment.
“Queensland has been standing up and fighting for our fair share and what we need is a federal government that is willing to listen to Queensland’s requests for a fair go. That’s all we’re asking for.
“There’s still not one single dollar for Cross River Rail, which has a completed, peer-reviewed business case which has been submitted to Infrastructure Australia.
“And when it comes to the M1 we’re $600 million short on what we need under this Federal LNP Government.
“We are a growing region. We need enhancements to the M1, we need Cross River Rail, we need additional busways and we need the duplication of the Sunshine Coast Rail Line.
“And what we desperately need is a mature government who will sit down with Queenslanders and talk about how we actually roll out these critical infrastructure projects for our growing state.
“I’m calling on Malcolm Turnbull and the LNP to start giving Queensland a fair go.
“They are meant to be a government for all of Australia, not for everywhere but Queensland.”
Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Jackie Trad