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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Queensland misleads on Northern Australia roads funding

Media Release

DC126/2017

19 May 2017

The latest claims by the Queensland Government about the State's funding allocation under the Northern Australia Roads Programme are misleading. They are another pathetic attempt by the Labor Party to distract Queenslanders from the State Government's ongoing failures.

Last month, I stood with the Queensland Treasurer to announce funding for four roads in north Queensland under the Programme and he didn't raise any concerns with me.

Just yesterday, I was with Queensland Roads Minister Mark Bailey, who said:

"We work very well together, and this is a great example of doing that. We will continue to work with the Federal Government to get win-wins on the cross-river rail project, but I absolutely enjoy working with Minister Chester. We get a lot done in this road space." (Press conference, 18/5/17)

As has been proven consistently, the Australian Government is prepared to make serious investments in Queensland roads, with $13.7 billion to be provided for Queensland infrastructure from 2013–14 to 2020–21, helping to support jobs and growth across the state.

The $600 million Northern Australia Roads Programme was created to be allocated across the entirety of northern Australia, with merit-based assessments on a competitive basis.

As it stands, Queensland will have 10 projects funded, and will receive around $223 million from the Australian Government under the programme. It is very important to note that ALL of these are state roads and are the responsibility of the Queensland Government.

In contrast, Western Australia will have five projects funded (receiving around $171 million from the Australian Government), and the Northern Territory will have five projects funded (receiving around $192 million from the Australian Government).

These projects are all being funded on an 80:20 basis, with the Australian Government contributing the lion's share of funding.