Federal Minister Anthony Albanese
Federal Minister Anthony Albanese

'Real money' needed for Bruce Hwy: Albanese

FEDERAL Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has challenged the Queensland government to put up "real money" in next week's state budget for the Bruce Hwy.

In its first budget last year the Newman government promised to spend an additional $1 billion on the highway during the next 10 years.

It allocated $20 million of that money during the next two financial years, increasing it to $80 million and $100 million for a four-year spend of $200 million.

Mr Albanese said it would need to do better next week.

"It's time that the Queensland Government also stumped up some real money for the Bruce Hwy," Mr Albanese told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

Mr Albanese said the Federal Government had upheld its end of the bargain by promising to spend $4.1 billion on the Bruce Hwy during the next decade.

APN Newsdesk asked Mr Albanese's office how much it would like to allocated to the highway in next week's budget.

"Over the next four years, the Queensland Government has only allocated an additional $200 million to the highway. Our commitment over that same period of time now stands at $2.2 billion," a spokesman for Mr Albanese said.

"Reducing that funding disparate would be good start."

But a spokesman for Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson claimed the Federal Government commitment was "base funding", adding it would need to kick in substantially more to bring the road up to scratch during the next 10 years.

"The State Government will allocate almost $140 million to the Bruce Hwy in this year's budget," the spokeswoman said.

"On top of this we have an additional $1 billion over 10 years on the table to put towards this national highway even though it is a federal responsibility.

"Unfortunately Mr Swan and Mr Albanese have failed to recognise the importance of the Bruce Hwy and only allocated their standard base funding."

Mr Albanese has consistently dismissed the base funding argument put forward by the Queensland Government.


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