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Albanese returns serve on Truss’ highway comments

Both Anthony Albanese and Warren Truss have turned the first sods on Pacific Highway upgrades on the North Coast. So which side of politics will grant Coffs Harbour a highway bypass?  Vote in our poll.
Both Anthony Albanese and Warren Truss have turned the first sods on Pacific Highway upgrades on the North Coast. So which side of politics will grant Coffs Harbour a highway bypass? Vote in our poll. Brenden Allen

OPPOSITION Infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese has hit back at comments made by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss on the Coffs Coast Advocate website this morning over the completion of the Pacific Highway.

Mr Truss penned an opinion piece in response to Mr Albanese claims last week that the Abbott Government had failed to allocate $1 to the Pacific Highway in the 2014/15 Federal Budget.

Firing back after reading the response today, Mr Albanese took exception to some of Mr Truss' claims.

"In his opinion piece today Warren Truss claimed my Pacific Highway duplication investments as Minister for Infrastructure in the former Labor Government were unfunded," Mr Albanese said.

"This is not only wrong, but treats resident of Coffs Harbour as though they are stupid.

Sod turning with Andrew Fraser, Warren Truss, Luke Hartsuyker. Work commences on $780 million Urunga to Nambucca Heads highway upgrade.
Sod turning with Andrew Fraser, Warren Truss, Luke Hartsuyker. Work commences on $780 million Urunga to Nambucca Heads highway upgrade. Leigh Jensen

"Coffs Coast Advocate readers use the roads that Labor built on a daily basis, including the Sapphire to Woolgoolga section to the north and the Kempsey Bypass to the south.

"They also remember that this work commenced after 2007 - on Labor's watch.

"Depending on their age, they might also know that during nearly 12 years in office, the previous Howard Government spent $1.3 billion on the Pacific Highway duplication.

"Labor invested $7.9 billion over only six years.

"Now the Nationals are back in government the neglect is back as well."

Mr Albanese said this year's Federal Budget was the first since 2008 not to include a single dollar of extra investment in the Pacific Highway.

"The facts on this matter are set - in concrete and steel."

Give us your opinion.

Which side of politics has best served the North Coast in upgrading the Pacific Highway? 

Topics:  anthony albanese, coffs coast advocate, coffs harbour, pacific highway, warren truss



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