We’ll push for certainty for Roads to Recovery: Labor


Federal opposition spokesman on transport will introduce bill to extend Roads to Recovery scheme

We’ll push for certainty for Roads to Recovery: Labor
Federal opposition spokesman on transport Anthony Albanese.

 

The federal Opposition will next month push its own bill to provide funding certainty for a program aimed at bankrolling local government road projects.

Opposition spokesman on transport Anthony Albanese says he will introduce a private member’s bill when Parliament resumes in August to extend the Roads to Recovery scheme, which expired on June 30.

The Federal Government last week withdrew the Land Transport Amendment Bill from discussion in the Senate because it did not support proposed Opposition amendments to it. The Bill would have extended the Roads to Recovery scheme.

"The private member’s bill that I lodged last week, which is on the parliamentary notice paper, will remove any doubt about continuing the Roads to Recovery program," Albanese says.

"Councils deserve certainty about the future of the scheme…When Parliament resumes next month Labor will seek to bring on debate of my private member’s bill."

Albanese says he expects infrastructure minister Warren Truss to support the bill given that he says the Roads to Recovery scheme is an important initiative.

"If Mr Truss is unable to provide legislative certainty for the scheme, Labor is happy to do it for him," Albanese says.

After the the Land Transport Amendment Bill was withdrawn from consideration last week, Truss accused Labor of trying to introduce amendments that would have increased the administrative burden on the Government’s infrastructure programs.

Labor sought amendments that would require the Government to consult Infrastructure Australia on projects that cost $100 million or more and to publicly release cost benefit analyses for projects, such as those funded under the Black Spot and Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity schemes.

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