Problems on the Toowoomba Range: Mr MacFarlane said the lack of new money to fund much-needed work on the Warrego Highway or for a Toowoomba Bypass was very disappointing.
Problems on the Toowoomba Range: Mr MacFarlane said the lack of new money to fund much-needed work on the Warrego Highway or for a Toowoomba Bypass was very disappointing. Kevin Farmer

Budget delivers no good news

FEDERAL Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane says no good news has come for the people of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs from last night's budget announcement.

Mr MacFarlane said the lack of new money to fund much-needed work on the Warrego Highway or for a Toowoomba Bypass was very disappointing.

“The people of Toowoomba's pleas have been completely ignored,” Mr Macfarlane said.

He said he had met with the Federal Minister for Transport and the Prime Minister in the last month to further the calls for upgrades to roads in his electorate.

“Both Anthony Albanese and Julia Gillard are very conscious of the problems on the Toowoomba Range and the Warrego Highway.”

“Whilst the people of the Darling Downs will start paying the flood tax from the first of July they will get nothing back.”

Mr McFarlane said the freeze put on the family tax benefit for higher income families would leave them worse off in years to come.

“Families earning over $45,000 are hardly higher income families.

“The money that could have gone into helping these families has gone into paying off debt.”

He said the budget failed to ease the cost of living on Australians who faced higher prices every day.

“This budget confirms how out of touch Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan are with Australian families.”

“Regional Australia has again been short changed by a city centric government that's cut $500 million in regional funding.”

For full budget details visit the Budget website.



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