NSW Gets Four Times More Funding than Vic for Infrastructure 2

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Victoria gets a “ludicrous” nine per cent of federal infrastructure funding while NSW gets more than four times that amount, the state government says.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas is pushing for more infrastructure cash from Canberra given the state received on average 20 per cent of the pie for the decade to 2014, before it was slashed to just nine per cent.

“That is unsustainably low, in fact it’s almost at the point of being laughable,” Mr Pallas told reporters on Thursday.

He said Victoria would keep asking Canberra for more infrastructure money but he’d not received any positive feedback to date.

“I suspect they’re holding their cards pretty close to their chest as they move towards their budget,” the state treasurer said, adding Victorians deserved some “respect” from their federal politicians.

“The state of NSW gets more than four times what the state of Victoria gets.

“That’s ludicrous, it has to be addressed.”

Victoria has asked for $4.5 billion from the Commonwealth for the Melbourne Metro Rail project and up to $2 billion for the Western Distributor toll road.

“We’ve got business cases in the public domain – the projects are highly rated by Infrastructure Australia,” Mr Pallas said on Thursday.

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  1. Rod Shepherd

    What would the % be if the VIC State Government had of built the cancelled motorway. Also noting the VIC State Government paid …Hundreds of millions NOT to build a motorway (infrastructure). The VIC government has made their own bed and the citizens voted for them knowing they were going to do it. So who's fault is it really?

    • Philip Morey

      That's the annoying bit. They still got the money for the E/W . No more money until they can show some responsibility.