Today, the Coalition releases a comprehensive, long-term plan to build the infrastructure of the 21st century.
Our policy will end Labor's neglect and invest in the infrastructure needed to cut traffic congestion and boost productivity.
If the Coalition is elected, vital infrastructure projects will be underway across the country within twelve months of an election.
If you vote for the Coalition, you know what we will deliver. We deliver infrastructure projects across Australia, including:
- $6.7 billion to fix the Bruce Highway;
- $5.6 billion to complete the duplication of the Pacific Highway from Newcastle to the Queensland border;
- $1.5 billion to get Melbourne's East West Link underway;
- $1.5 billion for Sydney’s WestConnex;
- $1 billion for the Gateway Motorway upgrade in Brisbane;
- $615 million to build the Swan Valley Bypass;
- $686 million to finish the Perth Gateway without a mining tax;
- $500 million for the upgrade of Adelaide's North-South Road Corridor;
- $405 million for the F3 to M2 missing link;
- $400 million to upgrade the Midland Highway in Tasmania; and
- $300 million for the Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail freight line.
The Coalition will also deliver better infrastructure planning, more rigorous and transparent assessment of taxpayer-funded projects, and a much clearer plan for Australia's future.
The Coalition will retain and strengthen the role of Infrastructure Australia, to create a more transparent, accountable and effective advisory body. It will be tasked with developing a 15 year plan for Australia's infrastructure needs (revised every three years) and a cost-benefit analysis will be published for all major projects exceeding $100 million in value.
If elected, I want to be known as an infrastructure prime minister. But I won’t be all talk and no action like Kevin Rudd.
I commit to delivering an annual statement to the parliament that sets out in clear terms the progress made on major infrastructure projects. This statement will set out the construction status, the amount of Commonwealth money spent, and whether milestones have been met on major projects.
I want Australians to spend less time in traffic gridlock on our roads and more time with their families. I want small business men and women to have more time building their livelihoods and less time stuck in traffic jams.
Only the Coalition can be trusted to deliver the nationally significant infrastructure that our cities and our regional areas need.