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

Transcript of Interview: ABC Rural

Interview

BPC061/2014

29 July 2014

E&OE

Lucy Barbour: The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure, Jamie Briggs, says he can't guarantee when the Roads to Recovery funding will become available, and he's condemned Labor for playing politics.

Jamie Briggs: Well, the Labor Party are moving amendments which are inappropriate for the legislation; so we're not going to support them. At the end of the day, why this hasn't passed the Parliament is a matter for the Labor Party. We are very eager to get these changes through to make sure that people can be paid; the councils can be paid their Roads to Recovery money appropriately, at the right time. But we're not going to play political games that the Labor Party are trying to set up.

Lucy Barbour: But what sort of amendments has the Labor Party tried to move?

Jamie Briggs: Well, again, you'll need to talk to the Labor Party about that. But what we've done is we've made appropriate changes to the supporting, or enabling, legislation, particularly clarifying—given recent High Court cases about the power we can make payments—what the basis of the power the Federal Government can make payments on. The Labor Party are trying to play games with it, and they should stop and let us get the legislation through.

Lauren Fitzgerald: Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs ending Lucy Barbour's report.