Monday, 15 June 2020
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Prime Minister. Why has the Prime Minister left the people of Murrumbateman and Yass behind by failing to announce an investment in the full duplication of the Barton Highway today?
Opposition members interjecting—
We are making sure that when it comes to the Barton Highway, when it comes to the people of Eden-Monaro, we are investing in their infrastructure. On Saturday, at Merimbula, they were no doubt cheering the fact that they're getting $4½ million for their airport, and that's going to be important. It's a gateway to tourism for that wonderful South Coast town. I was at Tumut airport, where the mayor, James Hayes, was very pleased to be receiving $152,000 towards the Tumut airport, which is going to be so valuable, particularly after the bushfire season that we had. That money is going to be invested in strengthening and lengthening the apron and the taxiways of that airport.
Some planes can land on roads, but your point's right, nonetheless. I'd just say to the Deputy Prime Minister that it was a specific question, and, whilst he has compared and contrasted some of the infrastructure projects, he can't do that for the rest of his answer.
The Barton Highway is important; it absolutely is. I travel it, probably more than most. When I come over here from Wagga Wagga to attend parliament I travel on the Barton Highway and, yes, it does need duplication—no question about it. But as part of our $100 billion infrastructure we have also prioritised the Barton Highway, as you'd expect us to, and we are investing heavily. And every time I go on the Barton Highway there are road signs, slowing people down, because of the activity that's going forward. There's a lot of work being done on the Barton Highway. As I drive through Murrumbateman I see that on this side of Murrumbateman there is a lot of work being done. The other night I was wandering past the opposition leader's office and I felt this strange whiff of—
The Deputy Prime Minister will resume his seat—
Honourable members interjecting—
I appreciate the member for Ryan being on his feet. If the Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister can just pause for a second. Even though no-one has jumped except for the member for Ryan—
Mr Perrett interjecting—
The member for Moreton!