News

Swan defends Budget hwy spending

THE beleaguered Bruce Hwy has received an "enormous" investment, Treasurer Wayne Swan claims, despite criticism from various agencies the Sunshine State's major highway was neglected in the Federal Budget.

Mr Swan took his speech at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia event in Brisbane on Friday as an opportunity to defend his government's contribution to the Bruce Hwy upgrade following the obvious absence of new infrastructure funding for the arterial road in the Federal Budget.

The road's upgrade was a hot topic for the audience and Mr Swan, who turned to the issue at his first chance during a question and answer session.

"The Cooroy to Curra investment is huge," he said.

"While we made that commitment a few years ago, it was the most dangerous slice of national highway in Australia.

"But of course it takes a long time. We have enormous investments going on right up the Bruce Hwy of great significance.

"You can't just sit back and say there is no money. There is an enormous amount of money coming into this state and the road network.

"If you want to pull out the figures when it comes to roads you will find Queensland has done very well over the last four or five years."

The comments come after the RACQ, QLD Premier and Treasurer condemned the Federal Government for not contributing more to the Bruce Hwy after the State Government put forward $1 billion over 10 years to the upgrade on the basis the Commonwealth stepped up its funding.

NSW received a $3.56 billion slice of the Budget pie to upgrade the equally problematic Pacific Hwy.

But that was thrown into disarray only 48 hours after it was announced when the Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said the money would go to another project in the National Building Program if the NSW Government did not match their commitment.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said on Thursday the State Government would not match it.

Topics:  bruce highway, federal budget 2012, wayne swan


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Judge send ice junkie to cooler

A man who went on a ice-fuelled crime spree has been jailed.

50 tablets 'enough to kill a person', teen took 100

Sheridan attempted to end her own life after swallowing more than 100 tablets used to treat her mother's medical condition.

Mum’s heartache as Ipswich teenager overdoses on tablets

Police chopper needed to end dangerous driving spree

Police seize cannabis plants near Dairyville. Polair helped out. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate

Police helicopter called in as dangerous driver evades capture

Latest deals and offers

Salvos deal with family pain in wake of suicide

CAPTAIN Jo Chant has witnessed first had the devastating and heartbreaking affects youth suicide has on families.

Judge send ice junkie to cooler

A man who went on a ice-fuelled crime spree has been jailed.

50 tablets 'enough to kill a person', teen took 100

Sheridan attempted to end her own life after swallowing more than 100 tablets used to treat her mother's medical condition.

Mum’s heartache as Ipswich teenager overdoses on tablets

Police chopper needed to end dangerous driving spree

Police seize cannabis plants near Dairyville. Polair helped out. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate

Police helicopter called in as dangerous driver evades capture

Pedophile back before court for allegedly drinking alcohol

Brisbane Supreme District Court

Police claim breach of strict supervision order

Disgraced former footy president jailed for sex assaults

Man plucked from Yamanto to face historic sex assault charge

The best retro movies of the week? May 27 - June 3

Gregory Peck Photo Contributed

This week TV fan get to see Tom Cruise in a 1980s classics

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked