Media Releases

Get the latest media releases from Murray's Office.

I'm pleased to represent the Prime Minister in Rockhampton today, to launch his latest do-nothing idea for regional Queensland.

May 19, 2017

I'm pleased to represent the Prime Minister in Rockhampton today, to launch his latest do-nothing idea for regional Queensland.

I will today launch the Turnbull Government's rebadged NAIF – now to be known as the No Actual Infrastructure Fund, to reflect the true investment it has made in our regions.

Almost two years ago, the Government created the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility, with great fanfare. This facility, overseen by a supposedly independent board, was given $5 billion in taxpayers' funds to support infrastructure projects that would advance Northern Australia.

The only problem? So far the only money that’s been dished out is for the NAIF board’s six figure pay checks.

Not one dollar has been given to one project. Not one shovel has turned one lump of dirt. Not one job - apart from the highly paid board - has been created in an area desperate for jobs.

The Turnbull Government is clearly not serious about funding infrastructure projects in Northern Australia. We can see that from this do-nothing fund, and from last week's Budget, which had nothing new for Central or North Queensland.

Even yesterday, while he was in Rockhampton, Mr Turnbull let locals down again, refusing to fund the much-needed South Rockhampton Flood Levee, which Federal Labor committed to weeks ago.

It's time we called the NAIF for what it is - a $5 billion fund that is building No Actual Infrastructure.

Michelle Landry and her Queensland LNP colleagues should be on the phone every day fighting for funding for vital infrastructure projects, like the flood levee.

Instead they dither, waiting for instructions from their Canberra masters.

Time and time again we have seen Ms Landry put Canberra above Central Queensland.

We saw it with the compulsory land acquisitions for Shoalwater Bay, we’re seeing it with the levee and now with the NAIF.

Central Queensland residents are the ones to pay the price when Landry doesn’t fight back against Malcolm Turnbull and the LNP.

If Ms Landry can’t secure funding for Central Queensland, then maybe it’s time she stepped aside for somebody who can.

A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA