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Labor Leads From Opposition On Bass Highway

July 08, 2018

Labor welcomes the Turnbull Government's decision to adopt Federal Labor's commitment to invest $60 million on upgrading the Bass Highway.

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Anthony Albanese said: “Labor announced our $60 million commitment for upgrades between Wynyard and Marrawah on June 9 in recognition of the Bass Highway's critical importance to road safety and economic development across North-Western Tasmania.”

“It's pleasing that the Government has backed our position.”

“This is an example of Labor consulting closely with the community and leading from Opposition in the development of policies that serve the needs of Tasmanians.

“As well as carrying a million tonnes of freight each year worth $1 billion, the Bass Highway is also critical to the state’s thriving tourism industry.

“Labor's investment will include re-engineering of the highway through areas like Brittons Swamp, road widening, construction of new overtaking lanes and safety improvements at critical intersections.

“The final set of projects will be prioritised in consultation with the State Government, Circular Head Council and the local community and funding will begin flowing during Federal Labor’s first year in office," Mr Albanese said.

Labor candidate for Braddon, Justine Keay said: “Brett Whiteley has repeatedly and deliberately misled North West and West Coasters by saying the Bass Highway would receive $400 million and today his deceit has been exposed."

The Coalition's decision to embrace Labor's policy sends a clear message to the voters of Braddon ahead of the July 28 by-election - Justine Keay is well ahead of the Coalition when it comes to understanding the needs of the North West and West Coasts.