Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement of a small amount of road funding to shore up vulnerable Liberal seats in south-east Queensland simply exposes the massive failure of the LNP to properly invest in the long-term infrastructure needs of the community, says Queensland Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett.
"The only way major congestion on the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast will ever be fixed is for proper investment in public transport – most urgently the Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade.
"The latest priority list of Infrastructure Australia continued to list this project as a Priority which has ‘a full business case completed and been positively assessed by the Infrastructure Australia Board.’
"The Queensland Greens campaigned in support of this at the last federal election and showed that it could readily be paid for if the Coalition simply ensured their corporate mates were fairly taxed.
"Public transport is a basic service, but in Queensland it is too expensive, too slow and too unreliable.
"This forces more people to drive, makes traffic worse and parking harder, increases stress and costs us money.
"The paltry pork-barreling band aid offered by Turnbull today simply proves that the Liberals will always put the interests of their corporate donors ahead of sustainable solutions for the community".