Queenslanders can expect a raft of road and rail project announcements from Prime Minister Scott Morrison as he continues his tour of the state's southeast.
Mr Morrison will be in Brisbane’s north on Wednesday, where he will pledge about $80 million in funding for seven projects aimed at easing congestion in the area, according to the Courier-Mail.
The projects will reportedly include $50 million to support widening works on the Gympie Arterial Road freeway and $15 million for new “park and ride” facilities at two train stations.
But Labor’s transport spokesman Anthony Albanese says the government is playing policy catch-up.
“We welcome the Morrison LNP government’s belated acknowledgement that traffic congestion is a significant challenge, acting as handbrake on productivity and eroding people’s quality of life,” he said.
“However the various announcements from Mr Morrison are piecemeal and completely overlook the critical role public transport plays in keeping our major cities moving.”
Mr Albanese pointed to Labor’s pledge for a $300 million national park and ride fund as well as a $2.24 billion Cross River rail project for Brisbane.
On Tuesday Mr Morrison outlined the next stage of the government’s economic plan, which includes extending a tax break for small businesses.
The prime minister has also promised Australia will have an extra 1.25 million jobs in five years and no government debt within a decade if the coalition remains in power.
He dismissed suggestions the plan, which relies on the coalition winning multiple elections, was a “fantasy”.
“My goal is to see that debt gone, net debt gone by 2030,” Mr Morrison told ABC’s 7.30 program on Tuesday.
“Now the decisions that are made in the next three years in the budget will determine what happens with that budget over the next 10 years.
“So no it’s not fantasy, it’s fair dinkum.”
Meanwhile, Labor leads the government 53 per cent to 47 per cent on a two-party preferred basis, according to the poll published in The Australian on Tuesday.
The coalition’s primary vote is up to 37 per cent while Labor’s is down three points to 38, the best Newspoll result for the government since Malcolm Turnbull lost the prime ministership in August.
But Mr Morrison continues to lead Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister at 43 per cent to 36 per cent.