Queensland infrastructure set for a long thaw

13 Mar 2016 12:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

There is little hope of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s infrastructure plan ending Queensland’s year-long infrastructure freeze, with no new projects and no way of funding them.

Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek said Labor’s much-touted infrastructure ‘plan’ was just rehashed, recycled, and reused projects

“Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her deputy have ground infrastructure investment to a halt in their first year of government and, sadly, it is going to take a long time for Labor’s infrastructure freeze to thaw out,” Mr Langbroek said.

“There is nothing new in this plan, Labor have produced a flashy document with little real substance – and what more could we expect from a Premier and Deputy Premier frozen at the wheel?

“Premier Palaszczuk still has no way to fund the projects Queensland needs and instead goes cap in hand to beg for money from the Federal Government at every opportunity.

“The challenge for Labor is not to produce more bits of glossy paper – which they are good at – but to outline exactly when these infrastructure projects will be delivered and how they will be funded.

“I think Queenslanders would expect more from their government than a Premier whose only infrastructure response is ‘someone else must pay for it.’”

Shadow Infrastructure Minister Tim Nicholls said after thirteen months Labor has only produced a document full of recycled projects and a wish list for the Federal Government.

“This plan is basically last night’s dinner reheated,” Mr Nicholls said.

“The Premier has wasted a year without an infrastructure plan and only on Friday calls the Prime Minister to demand he stumps up cash to fix Labor’s infrastructure freeze.

“Labor’s last infrastructure plan was cobbled together in the dying days of the Bligh Government, it was full of unachievable projects and ended up on the Palaszczuk Government’s scrap heap.

“In 2011, then-Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk promised a Brisbane subway system and further extensions to the Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast rail lines which are no longer on this government’s agenda.

“Regional Queenslanders were promised projects like the Walkerston Bypass around Mackay and the Smithfield Bypass around Cairns, which have also fallen off the radar.

“This just highlights that Labor are good at producing glossy documents but aren’t very good at delivering on their commitments.”

Mr Nicholls said the LNP had a record of delivering projects to unleash the state’s potential.

“While in government we were able to fund ten new schools, the New Generation Rollingstock project, the Government Wireless Network, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, Gateway Upgrade North and an $8.6 billion investment in the Bruce Highway,” he said.

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