THE Queensland Government has slammed the federal government for failing to deliver big ticket items for the state in Tuesday night’s federal budget.
Queensland walked away with $4 billion in new infrastructure spend for major road and transport projects, although only a quarter of that will be brought into forward estimates.
Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said it put funding for critical infrastructure on the backburner, particularly the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project.
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“The federal budget was fundamentally unfair for Queenslanders,” Ms Trad said.
“There’s only one way to put it – Queensland is missing out.
“There was zero funding for Cross River Rail which will get people home faster and deliver thousands of jobs across our rapidly growing region.
“While the LNP continue to ignore Cross River Rail, they are spending billions on similar projects in Victoria and New South Wales.
“Across the state, they say they’re spending $2.6 billion more on infrastructure but a massive $2.3 billion of that is more than four years down the track.
“Queensland is growing and we need that investment now, not way out in the never-never.
Ms Trad said it was also disappointing to see the state would lose out on $1.8 billion in GST revenue over the forward estimates.
“There wasn’t a cent for critical programs like the National Partnership on Remote Indigenous Housing, which will disproportionately impact some of Queensland’s most disadvantaged communities,” she said.
“There is also no allocation for the money owed to Queensland for services already provided in our TAFEs and hospitals.
“What’s clear from this budget is that Scott Morrison only has a plan to try and get re-elected, not a plan for the future of Queensland.”