Federal Budget backs LNP infrastructure plan

Monday 5 October, 2020

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed today’s news that the Federal Morrison Government will back a range of job-creating infrastructure projects that have been championed by the Queensland LNP.

The LNP’s economic plan for Queensland contains commitments to deliver the Second M1, a four-lane Bruce Highway and a new Centenary Bridge in Brisbane’s west.

Tomorrow’s Federal Budget will include almost $900m of funding for the three projects, creating almost 4000 jobs for Queenslanders.

“The Federal Morrison Government is backing the LNP’s plan for Queensland because it knows our projects will create jobs and lead us out of recession,” Ms Frecklington said.

“When Queensland is building, Queensland is working.

“But under Labor, infrastructure spending has been cut by $12bn and our state has stopped building.

“Queensland has had the worst unemployment in Australia for the last four years and that won’t change until there is an LNP Government.

“Labor has put the brakes on the Second M1 and it has attacked the LNP’s plan for a four-lane Bruce Highway.

“Labor has no plan and no Budget to lead our economy out of recession.

“Only an LNP Government will work with the Federal Government to get Queensland working again.”

The 2020 Federal Budget will include:

  • $750m for the Second M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The LNP has already committed $550m towards the project and will increase that commitment to $750m to match the federal contribution and allow work to begin as soon as possible.
  • $20m to develop a Bruce Highway investment strategy to four-lane the Bruce Highway from Curra to Cairns – the first step towards delivering the LNP’s $33 billion vision for the Bruce Highway and 100,000 jobs over the next 15 years.
  • $112 million for the Centenary Bridge, a project to improve traffic flow on Queensland’s slowest motorway that is a priority project in the LNP’s SEQ Congestion Program announced this year.
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