none

LIBERAL MP REJECTS REPORT CLAIMING THAT TRANSPORT FUNDING IS BEING WASTED

05-04-2016
by 
in 

Federal Liberal MP’s have rejected the claims that transport funding is being used of marginal regional electorates rather than much needed city projects.

A report by the Grattan Institute, an Australian public policy think tank, has found that while the spending on marginal regions was popular amongst voters, it was not doing any economic favours.

The report found that Victoria's Geelong-to-Colac road, which traverses key swing federal and state seats, is the country's second biggest financial waste.

However, local member Sarah Henderson slammed the report, saying it didn’t take into account the road's importance to tourism and industry.

"People in regional Australia deserve money on infrastructure as well," she said.

"This project is a very important project, not just for Corangamite, but for south-west Victoria and also right through to Adelaide.

"We want to see that duplicated road run the whole way through to Adelaide because it's an incredibly [economically] important part of Australia."

The report also said that there was little to stop politicians spending on projects without proper evaluation.

Related news & editorials

  1. 14.09.2018
    14.09.2018
    by      In
    Since Industry Update last published Australia has acquired a new Prime Minister and yet another Industry and Science Minister.
    I congratulate Karen Andrews, the sixth person to take responsibility for the portfolio since 2013.
    These ministers have not all had the same title. Minister Andrews’... Read More
  2. 27.08.2018
    27.08.2018
    by      In
    One positive move to come out of the political turmoil of the past week has been the return of the Industry and Science portfolios to the Cabinet under the new Morrison Ministry.
    Karen Andrews MP is the new Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, resurrecting a role that had previously been... Read More
  3. 10.07.2018
    10.07.2018
    by      In
    Making good public policy always involves getting the details right. But it is equally important that we never lose sight of the big picture.
    When we talk about industry policy, we should not forget that at the deepest level it is an answer to this question: what sort of country do we want to be?... Read More
  4. 09.07.2018
    09.07.2018
    by      In
    Cybercrime is a potential threat to just about anyone who has any form of interaction with a computer. Or even a phone.
    We store and share our personal information on an increasing number of devices. These technological advances offer fantastic benefits to our quality of life and productivity. But... Read More