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Labor claims no new Pacific Hwy investment in budget

Federal Labor claims during Question Time the Minister for Infrastructure, Warren Truss, was unable to identify any new projects on the Pacific Hwy that had not been delivered by previous Labor Budgets.
Federal Labor claims during Question Time the Minister for Infrastructure, Warren Truss, was unable to identify any new projects on the Pacific Hwy that had not been delivered by previous Labor Budgets. Adam Hourigan

THE Federal opposition claims responses in question time today reveal talk of additional Pacific Hwy funding in the recent Federal Budget is nothing but a furphy.

Opposition spokesman for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said the Abbott Government has abandoned any new funding for the Pacific Hwy upgrade and that every one of the upgrade projects listed in Budget documents was funded by the former Labor Government.

Deputy Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese.
Deputy Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese. Jay Cronan

"In Parliament today I twice asked Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss to identify any new projects on the Pacific Hwy that had not been delivered by previous Labor Budgets. He was unable to do so," Mr Albanese said.

Mr Albanese said Mr Truss and assistant minister Jamie Briggs should stop fibbing to Australians about where the money is coming from.

"Today, given the opportunity to back their rhetoric with facts, these ministers were struck mute," he said.

"This explains why glossy Budget documents include a Pacific Hwy work schedule that appeared to have been cut and pasted from last year's Budget documents."

Topics:  anthony albanese, black budget, federal budget 2014, pacific highway, warren truss



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