Palaszczuk Refuses to Fix the M1

2 May 2018 12:28 PMJann Stuckey Palaszczuk Refuses to Fix the M1

In Parliamentary Question Time today Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey called on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to match the Commonwealth Government’s funding to fix the M1 from Varsity Lakes to Tugun.
 
“It's fantastic that the Turnbull Government has pledged funds to fix this congested motorway all the way to the border,” Ms Stuckey said.
 
“Even opposition leader Bill Shorten has committed to provide the funds if he is in government.
 
“Now it's time for the Palaszczuk Government to stop dithering, listen to the people of Currumbin and match the funding on this long overdue infrastructure upgrade.
 
“That is why I asked the Premier the following question in Parliament today:

“In relation to funding for the M1 upgrade from Varsity Lakes to Tugun. Will the Premier match the $1bn funding commitment by both the Commonwealth Government and Bill Shorten for this important congestion busting project?
 
"True to form the Premier refused to answer the question and resorted to cheap political point scoring and personal attacks that are the hallmark of her government. 

“The Premiers retort that Labor will be considering funding as part of their budget deliberations shows that she and her government are not serious about fixing the M1.

“The people of the southern Gold Coast have been pushing for years to get this road upgraded and Labor have done nothing. 
 
“My 2016 'Fix the M1' petition generated over 10,000 signatures and forced the Palaszczuk Government to fund the business case to widen the M1 from Varsity Lakes to the border.
 
“Labor need to pull their fingers out and get on with this - they no longer have any excuses to hold up this infrastructure.

"The last thing we need is another scenario like the Tugun Bypass tunnel where costs blew out ten-fold to $543 million.
 
“Long suffering motorists on the southern Gold Coast need a break from the daily congestion we suffer which is why the Palaszczuk Government must match the funding committed by Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten as a matter of urgency.
 
[ENDS] 02/05/2018 
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