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Powell Media Release – Labor Members continue to fail Cairns

31st August 2018

Labor’s four Cairns MPs have been left red-faced after failing to stand up to their Brisbane colleagues to win Cairn’s fair share of infrastructure funding.

LNP Shadow Infrastructure Minister Andrew Powell today called out Labor’s wall-to-wall Cairns representatives for not delivering desperately needed infrastructure.

“This financial year, the Palaszczuk Labor Government will spend less than $1,700 per resident on infrastructure in Cairns,” Mr Powell said.

“That’s more than $300 less than the Queensland average and an astonishing $1,400 less than Townsville.

“When every single electorate in Cairns is held by Labor, it’s disgraceful that they can’t even get their own party to pay for the average infrastructure spend the rest of Queensland is getting.”

Mr Powell said Cairns residents were sick and tired of being taken for granted by Labor.

“Time and time again we’ve seen Labor over-promise and under-deliver for Cairns,” Mr Powell said.

“Whether it’s kicking the can with Nullinga Dam or skimping on the Bruce Highway – Cairns always loses out.

“Unlike Labor, the LNP won’t keep increasing taxes while decreasing infrastructure investment in Cairns.

“Under our Economic Plan we’ve guaranteed no new taxes will be introduced while committing to $10 million to get the Nullinga Dam shovel-ready.

“It was the LNP which funded the $8.5 billion Bruce Highway trust and we will deliver more upgrades to this vital road again.

“Only an LNP Government will ensure Cairns receives its fair share.”

Purchases per capita ($)
SA4 region 2017-18 2018-19 Change
Cairns 1821.934 1643.671 -12%
Townsville 2494.143 3115.667 21%
Queensland average 1775.176 2013.107 12%
2018-19 Budget Paper 3 – Capital Statement

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