Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Rau is Dead Wrong on South Road

Media Release

JB013/2013

27 November 2013

John Rau's letter regarding the Australian Government's commitment to South Road is deliberately misleading and riddled with false claims.

In a desperate letter to his constituents, the Member for Enfield says:

Sadly, our new Commonwealth Government and the State Liberals want to scrap construction of the Torrens to Torrens section of South Road.

We are being asked to halt construction on this crucial section of South Road and construct the Darlington section, in the southern suburbs, delaying an upgrade in the west indefinitely.

Mr Rau's comments are patently false and he should stop misleading his constituents.

The Prime Minister, on 19 October 2013, committed the Australian Government to a complete upgrade of the north-south road corridor within the next decade, including both the Darlington Interchange and Torrens-to-Torrens projects.

That is why the Australian Government has committed $500 million towards Darlington Interchange and asked the South Australian Government to develop a comprehensive business case for the project by Christmas.

We have also asked the South Australian Government to continue planning the Torrens Road to Torrens River project, using the $20 million in Australian Government funding that has already been provided.

At a time when the Australian Government is actively pursuing the development of these vital projects, the Deputy Premier's intervention is counter-productive and clearly demonstrates Labor is more interested in playing politics than delivering for the people of South Australia.