Nrma backs highway funding pledge
Queensland Treasurer Mike Nrma is backing a highway funding increase, saying it will save about $100 million, or $1 billion, each year.
Earlier in the week, Mr Nrma defended his decision to back a $500 million infrastructure upgrade for Queensland, with the support of the federal government.
Queensland and Federal Finance Minister Joe Hockey have been pushing for the $4.9 billion in additional spending from the state to boost growth and increase productivity over the coming years.
But Federal Budget Minister Bill Shorten said it would lead to further cuts in spending for Queensland.
«There’s a problem in Queensland where as we look a바카라round the world there are huge, staggering gaps in infrastructure around the world, and that’s the fault of our Prime Minister, Mr Hockey,» Mr Shorten said.
«He hasn’t done a lot for Queensland.»
Mr Shorten said Mr Hockey was not «on the front foot» on infrastructure polic카지노 사이트y.
Mr Nrma, the Liberal National Party’s (LNP) minister for infrastructure, has pledged a $1.7 billion package to rebuild the Eastern Freeway, with $1.2 billion for roads and $750 million for the Southern Freeway.
He also want바카라사이트s $700 million more for a high-speed rail scheme, as well as funding for Sydney to Brisbane high-speed rail.
He has also backed a new regional bus network, which he said would provide jobs and improve quality of life in the region.
Queensland Greens leader Christine Milne said the Liberal MP was on the wrong side of history because his plan for a «slower rate of growth would have cut infrastructure spending, while the Liberal Government’s plan would have grown it».
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