Abbott-led government to fast-track motorway cash

A TONY Abbott-led government plans to accelerate funding allocated to finishing the Ipswich Motorway in costings revealed by the LNP yesterday.

While the LNP and Labor parties both plan to spend $279 million on upgrading the Darra to Rocklea stage of the motorway, figures released by LNP headquarters indicate they will accelerate the investment.

LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding said her plan for the electorate includes securing the funding to complete the Ipswich Motorway.

"My plan for Blair focuses on building a strong local economy, creating more local jobs and strengthening our communities," she said.

Sitting Labor MP Shayne Neumann said the LNP is divided on the Ipswich Motorway spending, with state government opposing it while their federal colleagues attempt to fund it.

Mr Neumann said the state LNP opposed the Darra to Dinmore motorway upgrade as it stands.

"We have budgeted the funding for it and the LNP at state level won't do it," he said.

Ms Harding released a final list of funding promises made during the campaign yesterday. She said cost of living pressures for Ipswich households will be eased.

"The Coalition will ease cost of living pressures on families by scrapping the carbon tax, which will save average families $550 in the first year alone. This election is all about the people of Blair. It is about creating a stronger future for them and in turn for all Australians," she said.

Mr Neumann said the LNP has not matched Labor's funding for Ipswich Hospice, Willowbank raceway upgrade and flood recovery projects.

"They have not promised to support any of those projects," Mr Neumann said.

He said an Abbott government would conduct a Campbell Newman-style audit and cut spending.



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