The release of the Australian Infrastructure Audit confirms that the Weatherill Labor Government must immediately stop playing politics with infrastructure projects and start working cooperatively with the Federal Government.
The Report today revealed that South Australia’s road and rail corridors will not keep up with future population demand and will reach “crush capacity”.
This means that car travel times could potentially double in peak hour and the South Australian economy could lose $4 billion a year in lost productivity.
The Weatherill Labor Government must also reveal what projects have been submitted to Infrastructure Australia.
The Weatherill Labor Government’s decision to release a proposal for upgrading Adelaide’s North-South Road Corridor after the release of the 2015 Federal Budget has hurt South Australia.
Despite talking about a non-stop North-South Road Corridor for a number of years, the Weatherill Labor Government failed to release a plan for the upgrade until earlier this week when it released a plan formulated using Federal Government funding – after the 2015 Federal Budget.
“Either Treasurer Koutsantonis doesn’t understand how a budget process works, or he deliberately waited until after the release of the Federal Budget to play petty political games,” said Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Vickie Chapman.
“The Australian Infrastructure Audit Report released today confirms that the Weatherill Labor Government must immediately cease playing these kind of games with the Federal Government.
“Instead, it must work cooperatively with the Federal Government to deliver the infrastructure that South Australia needs.
“If Treasurer Koutsantonis is incapable of doing this, then Premier Weatherill must put someone else in charge of negotiations with the Federal Government who will be able to deliver results for South Australia.”