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Labor Must Explain Cuts from Bruce Highway to Fund “Second Bruce Highway”

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has called upon the Palaszczuk Labor Government explain how and where a potential “Second Bruce Highway” announced today, will be funded.

Ms Landry said the Australian Government has an existing $10 billion commitment to the existing Bruce Highway, which is already allocated to projects and upgrades.

“It is up to the Premier to explain which part of the existing Bruce Highway she wants to rip money from to fund today’s half-baked announcement.

“The Federal Government has already committed $10 billion to the existing Bruce Highway.”

Ms Landry cautioned Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on treating regional Queenslanders like pawns in a political game.

“It’s all well and good to make promises in the heat of an election campaign, but people and businesses rely on the roads in regional Queensland and they don’t take kindly to their livelihoods being used in political games.

“I implore the Premier to stop treating regional Queenslanders like fools and to come clean on where she intends to rip funding from on the existing Bruce Highway,” Ms Landry said.

The Australian Government is investing in infrastructure Queenslanders want and need, including:

  • $100 million for the Townsville to Roma corridor – upgrading the Gregory and Carnarvon highways and feeder roads
  • $200 million for the Queensland section of the Tennant Creek to Townsville corridor – including the Kennedy Developmental Road
  • $254 million for the Mount Isa to Rockhampton corridor
  • $50 million for the Queensland section of the Toowoomba to Seymour corridor
  • $60 million for the Toowoomba to Ipswich corridor
  • $280 million towards 25 projects in Queensland under the Northern Australia Roads programs, including $40 million for the Kennedy Developmental Road.
  • $1.1 billion towards the recently completed Toowoomba Second Range Crossing
  • $828 million towards the Warrego Highway.

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