More squabbles over Pacific Hwy funding

COALITION costings have revealed no extra funds would be spent on the Pacific Highway under an Abbot Government.

Nationals' candidate Kevin Hogan has been claiming the Coalition were offering an 80/20 split with the State Government, compared to Labor's 50/50 split.

But the costings released by Joe Hockey on Thursday show both sides of politics will spend exactly the same amount of money on the Pacific Highway between 2013 and 2017.

The Coalition said they would allocate money from the Parramatta to Epping rail project and divert it to the Pacific Highway.

But what their costings revealed is that the money would not become available during the term of government voters are about to decide.

Page MP Janelle Saffin said the Coalition's promise to complete the upgrade by 2020 may not be possible.

"This just demonstrates that Joe Hockey's statement that the Nationals are irrelevant and have no influence in Canberra is true," she said.

Mr Hogan said he stood by the 2020 deadline.

"We have a funding deal with NSW and a timetable to finish the job, and these will not change," Mr Hogan said.

"Labor has neither a funding commitment nor a timetable and under a Labor government the Highway will remain unfunded."



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