Monday, 24 February 2020
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Prime Minister. Why did $2.5 billion out of $3 billion of the Prime Minister's Urban Congestion Fund go to projects in Liberal seats and seats targeted by the Liberal government? Does traffic congestion stop when commuters hit a road that is not on his list of partisan political priorities?
A very ironic question coming from the member for Ballarat, given the views of the Auditor-General on her performance. Let me remind the member of the following: in the electorate of McMahon, $95 million for Horsley Drive; in the electorate of Dobell, $6.635 million for 16 projects under the Central Coast Roads Package; in the member for Moreton's electorate, $73 million for the Coopers Plains level crossing level; in the electorates of Calwell and McEwen, $70 million for northern lines commuter car parking; in the electorates of Gorton and McEwen, $50 million for upgrades to the Calder Freeway and the M80 Ring Road; $50 million for upgrades to the Hume Freeway and M80 Ring Road, also in McEwen; in Fraser and Gorton, $50 million for upgrades on the Western Freeway and the M80 Ring Road; in Western Australia, across multiple Labor electorates—there aren't too many of them there, I confess—$50 million for transforming freeways, the widening and introduction of the ITS Kwinana and Mitchell freeways; in South Australia, in the electorate of Adelaide, $115 million for the Torrens Road level crossing removal; in Makin, $6.5 million for the Main North Road, Kings Road and McIntyre Road intersection upgrade; in the electorate of Adelaide and Makin there's $9.5 million for the Grand Junction Road and Hampstead Road intersection upgrade; in the electorate of Adelaide, another $9½ million dollars for the Main North Road and Nottage Terrace junction intersection upgrade; in Tasmania there was some $25 million in the electorates of Clark and Franklin for the Hobart congestion package; in Franklin there was $10 million for Tasman Highway Intelligent Transport Solutions; and in Bass and Lyons, with Lyons held by the Labor Party, $1.5 million for the Launceston eastern bypass study.
I do note though that, under the program run by the member for Ballarat when she was minister, the Auditor-General found that she deliberately—
Government members interjecting—
On the point of order, Mr Speaker: I was asked about the allegation that the government had been acting against non-government electorates. Now, I think it entitles me to compare and contrast the actions of those opposite on those matters.
I just say to the Prime Minister, that's right, but my rulings on this have been pretty clear. You can briefly compare and contrast. There are 55 seconds to go, and I can assure you—it is my pledge—you will not spend 55 seconds doing that.