Bailey’s budget blowouts soar to half a billion dollars

The budget blowouts from the Transport Minister are hitting Toowoomba North residents because the Minister continues to overspend on projects in the South-East corner.

The second road to Highfields, upgrades to O’Brien Rd just to name two.

The Gold Coast light rail is two years late and half a billion dollars over budget officially marking Mark Bailey as the most incompetent Transport Minister in Queensland’s history.

Despite inking the eye-watering $1.2 billion contract on Wednesday, the Minister is only today allowing Queensland to know the cost of his incompetence to avoid parliamentary scrutiny this week.

The Gold Coast light rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh joins a plethora of projects that are delayed and over budget under this State Government.

They include: 

  • Coomera Connector: $600 million cost blowout and was supposed to start in mid-2021.
  • Centenary Bridge duplication: Labor promised to start construction in 2021. Construction still hasn’t started.
  • Beerburrum to Nambour rail duplication: current budget shows a $10.5 million underspend to date and $32.2 million reduction in the 2021/22 spend.
  • Maroochydore Rail: Labor promised to deliver the project by 2020. Construction still hasn’t started.
  • Beams Road (Carseldine) open level crossing: Labor promised to start work in 2021. Construction still hasn’t started.
  • Centenary Bridge: Labor promised to start in 2021. Construction still hasn’t started.
  • Cross River Rail: running a year late and will cost at least $2 billion more than what Labor claims.

This latest budget blowout is also linked to the government’s dodgy Best Practice Industry Conditions policy.

Yet again, a dodgy deal to line the pockets of unions which is costing Queenslanders billions.

Thanks to this State Government’s dodgy practices Queenslanders are now getting a lot less for a lot more.

Too many projects are victims of Mark Bailey’s inability to do his job properly.

Mark Bailey can’t manage projects. Never has. Never will.

The Minister and this State Government cannot be trusted to deliver the infrastructure Queensland needs on time and on budget.

Queensland deserves better.

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