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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Turnbull won’t budge on Cross River Rail funding and traffic congestion

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Friday, June 09, 2017

    Turnbull won’t budge on Cross River Rail funding and traffic congestion

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull continues to refuse to commit to a matching Federal Government commitment to the traffic congestion-busting Cross River Rail project for south-east Queensland.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she used the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Hobart to follow-up with the Prime Minister on his Government’s commitment.

    “I met with the Prime Minister on 18 May and he said there were outstanding information requests from Infrastructure Australia,” she said.

    “Since then, we clarified the information Infrastructure Australia was seeking, senior officials met with Infrastructure Australia and they have all the information they requested.”

    “My Deputy Premier has this week also spoken directly with Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester and Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher to reiterate the importance of Cross River Rail for South East Queensland.”

    “We have also secured important support from Brisbane City Council for the project, and the release of the Connecting Brisbane Strategy shows how important Cross River Rail and Metro are to transforming public transport.

    “The Prime Minister now has no excuse for the people of south-east Queensland for continuing to fail to fund Cross River Rail and help alleviate traffic congestion.”

    “Cross River Rail will take up to 18,500 car trips off our major arterial roads every day and deliver thousands of jobs.

    “My Government has already committed $850 million to Cross River Rail.  We expect a matching commitment from the Turnbull Government so work on Cross River Rail can get underway.

    “I’m not asking the Prime Minister to do anything more than my Government and I have already done.”

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad said that the Malcolm Turnbull’s refusal as COAG came on the same day that the project had cleared a major approval hurdle.

    “The Prime Minister continues to refuse to invest in this critical city-shaping project despite the fact that we have addressed all of his concerns.

    “We have also just received approval for our Request for Project Change from the Coordinator-General – a key project milestone giving us the go ahead to get on with building this project.

    “This new approval includes the new EIS statement reflecting the changes we made to the project that reduced the cost by more than $3 billion and incorporated community feedback about design and impact.

    “This approval means we have secured all major state approvals necessary for the project, and provides certainty to both government and the industry about the conditions under which the project can be built.

    “We’re sick of the political games from Malcolm Turnbull and the LNP. Queenslanders need this project, we could have shovels in the ground tomorrow and we can’t keep waiting.”

    The business case for Cross River Rail was provided to the Turnbull Government 12 months ago. The Secretary of the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Mr Mike Mrdak serves on the Board of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.

    The Coordinator-General’s decision can be viewed at: http://www.dsd.qld.gov.au/crr.

    Media contact: 

    Geoff Breusch (Premier's office) 0417 272 875

    Clare Manton (Deputy Premier's office) 0432 446 268