LNP com­mit­ment misses the mark

Sunshine Coast Daily - - OPINION NEWS - SCOTT SAWYER scott.sawyer@sc­news.com.au

COME ON LNP you can do bet­ter than that. Se­ri­ously.

Is com­mit­ting to giv­ing us half a road all it takes to earn an­other few years’ of our favour?

Only days af­ter this pa­per laid out in no un­cer­tain terms what this re­gion re­quires, a half-baked at­tempt to ap­pease us is rolled out.

I know $215 mil­lion isn’t money to be sneezed at. And it’s a hell of a lot more than La­bor is giv­ing us.

But this “com­mit­ment” from the LNP to “de­liver” the Sun­shine Coast Hos­pi­tal Link Road (aka Mooloolah River In­ter­change) is so far from iron-clad it’s not funny.

There are way too many un­knowns for us to open our arms and de­liver you our seats with size­able mar­gins.

Firstly, there’s not even a com­mit­ment to when they would start this project.

The in­ter­change re­quires, as I un­der­stand, about two years be­fore tar­mac can be laid, as fill must be brought in, packed down and al­lowed to set­tle.

The hos­pi­tal is al­ready open, so we’re way be­hind the eight ball.

And this cash splash hasn’t given us any con­crete date of when shov­els would hit the ground.

And the fund­ing plan at the mo­ment is to rat­tle the tin at the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for the rest of the cash.

Those are the same tac­tics the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment has used to stuff us around and de­lay our North Coast Rail Line du­pli­ca­tion, a tac­tic which the LNP has been all too happy to pick up on and pick apart.

What hap­pens if this dis­as­ter that is the cur­rent Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is dis­solved given the cit­i­zen­ship cir­cus it has turned into?

You’d be a brave punter to rule out La­bor win­ning fed­er­ally given the ab­so­lute sham­bles Can­berra has be­come.

So what hap­pens then to this gen­er­ous $215 mil­lion pork bar­rel?

Is it shoved back down the line of Sun­shine Coast projects that look un­likely to see the light of day?

Or bet­ter yet, would an LNP State Gov­ern­ment just go ahead with it and build us a one-lane road for the mean­time? Half is bet­ter than none right?

Or are we back to the good old days of “ad­vo­cat­ing” to a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment run by an op­pos­ing party?

That sounds aw­fully sim­i­lar to the tac­tics they’ve crit­i­cised the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment for in this term.

This is all as­sum­ing the LNP ac­tu­ally wins or is able to form gov­ern­ment post-Novem­ber 25.

This is hypocrisy at its finest, which is no sur­prise, it’s an elec­tion cam­paign.

But it’s a toe dipped in the wa­ter in terms of ac­tual com­mit­ment, in the bid to get a few more of us to throw a “1” in their bal­lot pa­per box. This isn’t the $440 mil­lion guar­an­tee we need, we can’t be much clearer.

I would’ve hoped both ma­jor par­ties had more ideas to fund projects than just beg­ging big brother.

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