Protestors let their feelings be known during the community rally about upgrading the Pacific Hwy at Urunga.
Protestors let their feelings be known during the community rally about upgrading the Pacific Hwy at Urunga. Trevor Veale

Labor highway funding call “hypocritical”: Nats candidate

PAGE Nationals candidate Kevin Hogan has lashed out at a call by Page MP Janelle Saffin for the State Government to increase its funding to the Pacific Highway.

Ms Saffin made the call after it was revealed the State Government had bungled its budget estimates by $1 billion, turning a $337 million deficit into a $680 million surplus.

"The O'Farrell Government is far from broke, but the reality is Premier O'Farrell has made a conscious decision to priorities projects in Sydney ahead the Pacific Highway," Ms Saffin said.

"The Federal Labor Government is already investing a record $4.1 billion into the Pacific Highway and has put an additional $3.56 billion on the table. The O'Farrell Government must match that commitment on a dollar for dollar basis."

However, Mr Hogan said it was hypocrisy for Federal Labor to talk about anything other than an 80/20 split on highway funding.

"Federal Roads Minister Anthony Albanese inked an 80:20 funding agreement with the former State Labor Government - an agreement which he effectively tore up as soon as a Coalition Government came to power in NSW," Mr Hogan said.

"The Leader of the Nationals and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Warren Truss recently committed to restoring the 80:20 funding balance

"Through redirecting $2.1 billion from Sydney rail projects, both Federal and State Coalition Government will be able to work in tandem to ensure this project overcomes the hurdles currently in its way due to the Federal Labor Government's inaction.

"The Liberals & Nationals recognise the vital importance of the upgrade of the Pacific Highway, not only in aiding transport along one of Australia's major freight corridors, but also in keeping the thousands of motorists within the Page Electorate who use this road every day safe."

How should the State and Federal governments pay for the Pacific Highway upgrade?

This poll ended on 05 November 2012.

Current Results

The Federal Government should pay 80% and NSW should pay 20%.

25%

They should split the bill 50/50.

40%

They should stop arguing and just get on with it.

35%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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