Coalition to seek a return to AusLink

Coalition plans to rename the Rudd Government's Nation Building program if Tony Abbott is elected this year

By Brad Gardner | June21, 2010

A Coalition government may introduce legislation to rebadge the Rudd Government’s Nation Building Program to restore the AusLink moniker.

The office of opposition spokesman on transport Warren Truss today confirmed the name of the Government’s program, which is responsible for road and rail funding, may change if Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is elected

"We’re certainly looking at it," a spokesman for Truss says.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese last year introduced legislation changing the name of AusLink to the Nation Building Program.

The amendment drew criticism from the Coalition because it was the party responsible for creating AusLink.

The Nation Building Program (National Land Transport) Amendment Bill authorised the name change and an expansion of the Roads to Recovery and Black Spot programs.

The Coalition initially opposed expanding the Black Spot program and the name change, but voted to pass the Bill.

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