Nation building all spin, Opposition claims


Rudd will spend $1.5 billion less on transport infrastructure in the next financial year, Opposition claims

Kevin Rudd will spend $1.5 billion less on transport infrastructure in the next financial year, despite the Government’s pledge to spend big in order to help Australia crawl out of a recession.

Opposition Transport Minister Warren Truss claims the truth about Labor’s Nation Building scheme has been "cleverly hidden by mountains of spin and glossy brochures" and spending will in fact drop from this year's $5.72 billion to $4.27 billion.

Truss says the fall in spending comes from poor and prolonged decision making by the Government as well as irrelevant "short-term" spending.

"Instead of spending more on projects of lasting value, Labor has spent as much on short- term cash splashes over the past six months as it plans to nationally on road and rail over the next six years."

Truss also accuses Labor of simply re-naming infrastructure plans the previous Howard Government had laid down.

"Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel with Infrastructure Australia and making financial promises it could not keep, Rudd Labor should have stuck with the comprehensive forward plan developed by the Coalition under the AusLink national transport plan," he says.

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