THE RACQ has called on the Federal Government to commit to a greater share of the fuel excise for Queensland roads and rail.
It was revealed in last night’s Federal Budget fuel excise indexation would be re-introduced twice annually from 1 August, 2014.
RACQ’s Executive Manager Public Policy Michael Roth said this tax was a blatant cash grab.
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“The increase in the fuel excise will take about $40 million from Queenslanders in 2014-15, and will rise by a further $70 million each year,” Mr Roth said.
“The fuel excise raises more than $15 billion dollars annually and despite the Government’s commitment to roads it still siphons much of this to consolidated revenue.
“Motorists shouldn’t be slugged again while the trucking and mining industries continue to receive subsidies.”
Mr Roth said the Club welcomed the Government’s decision to keep its pre-election commitment to infrastructure in Queensland.
“The Government has delivered on its earlier promises on road funding, and we commend it on that,” he said.
“We only wish we didn’t need to cop an increase to the fuel excise in order to pay for these infrastructure projects.”
The Abbott Government’s transport commitments for Queensland include:
- $6.7 billion over 10 years to upgrade the Bruce Highway
- $1.285 billion for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing
- $1 billion for the Gateway Upgrade North
- $508 million to rebuild the Warrego Highway from Toowoomba to Miles
- $300 million to progress inland Rail Link for freight
- $279 million for the Ipswich Motorway, Rocklea to Darra
- $210 million for the Cape York Regional Road Package
- $112 million for Eaton Range Crossing Upgrade on Peak Downs Highway
- $20 million for the upgrade of Dalrymple Road in Townsville
- $16 million to fix black spots on the D’Aguilar Highway.
- $11 million for sealing of the Outback Way in Western Queensland.