Annastacia Palaszczuk says says Qld is missing out and the federal budget is favouring other states.Queenslanders are being ignored by the federal government in favour of southern states, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.
The Premier has criticised the Turnbull government for refusing to back what she says are key infrastructure projects less than a day before Scott Morrison will hand down his second budget as Treasurer.
“Let’s be frank here, Malcolm Turnbull has not wanted to give Queensland its fair share for the whole time that he has been in office,” she told reporters on Monday.
“For them to say simply no money is available for Cross River Rail shows then that they’re turning their back on Queensland’s number one infrastructure project.”
Mr Morrison on Monday indicated a $5.2 billion infrastructure cash splash for the state, including a major Bruce Highway upgrade, $300 million for the Brisbane Metro project and regional roadworks, the Courier Mail reported.
But Treasurer Jackie Trad says the announcement was a repackaging of prior commitments and did not include new money for the state.
Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project tops Queensland’s federal budget wish list, despite the state Labor government saying it can fund the $5.4 billion project on its own.
Ms Trad has committed to bankrolling the line after failing to secure money from Mr Turnbull’s government, yet it remains her number one funding request.
The state government says Queensland is missing out compared to NSW and Victoria and that a series of recent announcements by Mr Turnbull were an attempt to shore up support ahead of the next election.
Mr Turnbull has made multiple trips to the state in recent months, committing to upgrading the M1 north and south of Brisbane, as well as the Bruce Highway and funding for the long-awaited Rookwood weir in Rockhampton.