ANDREW GILES MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FAILS TO INVEST IN VICTORIAN PROJECTS
Today’s report in the Herald-Sun on Melbourne traffic congestion highlights what Labor has been saying for some time - the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison government has neglected the northern and western suburbs.
Victoria’s share of national infrastructure funding is 17.7 per cent over the next five years, despite Victoria having more than 26 per cent of the population.
In 2018-19, Victoria’s share of federal infrastructure spending was under 12 per cent. Between now and 2022, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $42.5 billion on infrastructure in Victoria, a stark contrast to the Morrison government that will spend less than $5 billion.
Minister Tudge’s level of interest is too little, too late. Sending letters days before the last election and talking in the vaguest of terms about a city deal is no substitute for sustained investment, based on need and an understanding of growth.
Recent reports by the OECD identify how important effective transport links are for inclusive growth and liveability.
But millions of people in Melbourne’s rapidly growing suburbs are being let down by a government that talks a big game about congestion busting, but which is only concerned with politics and not the realities of people’s lives.
Under the Liberals, people in Melbourne’s north and west simply aren’t getting a fair deal.