Home' Future Building: The Australian Infrastructure Review : December 2011 Contents How would you characterise the
Bligh Government’s performance on
Queensland infrastructure development,
and what do you believe have been the
biggest shortcomings in its planning?
Under the Bligh Labor Government,
Queenslanders have seen ongoing mismanagement
of infrastructure delivery, characterised by cost
overruns and delays. In addition, complex and
unwieldy government processes for planning and
approvals have resulted in uncertainty and projects
taking substantially longer than is desirable to
But the real tragedy is that the current
Government has squandered Queensland’s natural
advantage by racking up $85 billion in debt during
a mining boom, mostly before the global financial
crisis, and it has increasingly been used to fund
recurrent spending instead of investing in much-
needed capital, leaving Queensland facing a major
It’s estimated that the unfunded deficit of
infrastructure in Queensland is a minimum of $150
What is your response to the Bligh
Government’s 20-year infrastructure
The Bligh Government’s Draft Queensland
Infrastructure Plan has taken Labor more than 20
years in government to deliver, but it is largely
unfunded and fails to deliver a strategic path
In contrast, Building Queensland’s Future –
Together points the way forward under an LNP
government, and sets out our commitment to
providing real leadership, long-term planning and
a continual pipeline of projects. We will have a
flexible approach to matching the best financing
option to the right project at the right time, to
deliver real outcomes.
My track record as Lord Mayor of Brisbane
demonstrates that when it comes to infrastructure, I
don’t just talk, I act.
Moving to projects, which five
economic or social infrastructure
projects do you believe would make the
biggest difference to Queenslanders?
Our policy identifies major infrastructure deficits
across Queensland. It also identifies ‘Critical
Priority Projects’ that need to be fast-tracked under
an LNP state government. These include the Bruce
Highway, the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane,
the Toowoomba Range western freight corridor, the
Eastern Busway, and a suite of regional roads and
critical rail level crossing upgrades.
It is clear that transport infrastructure
has a key priority in your plan.
How badly is Queensland transport
infrastructure in need of an upgrade,
and what are the main initiatives
you propose to develop transport
Transport infrastructure is critical for all
Queenslanders and is extremely vital for the success
of the four pillars of our economy: agriculture,
resources, tourism and construction.
I have already set out the fundamental
improvements to infrastructure delivery to which
the LNP is committed. We believe such changes
are essential to the development and delivery of the
transport infrastructure Queensland deserves.
How will your proposed Bruce Highway
Crisis Management Group work?
We will establish a Bruce Highway Crisis
Management Group, comprising State and Federal
politicians, local authorities, and motoring groups,
to put forward a plan with a clear objective – to give
Queenslanders the highway they deserve.
As a priority, an LNP government will also task
the Department of Main Roads with compiling a
proper engineering-based 10-year Crisis Action Plan
to address the Bruce Highway crisis. This plan will be
completed within six months of an LNP government
being elected. It will also tackle the issue of flood
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