La­bor

Gatton Star - - NEWS FEDERAL ELECTION: BLAIR -

■ In­fra­struc­ture

IF elected, we will in­vest more into roads in­clud­ing the Wil­low­bank in­ter­change on the Cun­ning­ham Hwy, fund up­grades to fa­cil­i­ties at North Ip­swich Re­serve, and pro­vide ad­di­tional fund­ing to fi­nalise stage one of the Ip­swich Show­grounds up­grade, which in­cludes a con­ven­tion and emer­gency evac­u­a­tion cen­tre.

■ Farm­ing sus­tain­abil­ity

WE will es­tab­lish a Dairy Com­mis­sioner and task the ACCC with in­ves­ti­gat­ing the vi­a­bil­ity milk floor price. La­bor will help farm­ers build de­fences to drought, re­view water rule re­stric­tions, and se­cure the fund­ing of a Pri­mary In­dus­tries Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion so Aus­tralian kids are taught where there food comes from, and the im­por­tance of farm­ing to the econ­omy.

■ In­land Rail

LA­BOR has com­mit­ted to con­duct an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into the In­land Rail project. We will have pub­lic hear­ings about the route se­lec­tion and pro­cesses. This will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for ru­ral land own­ers to have their con­cerns be prop­erly in­ves­ti­gated. La­bor wants to get the project right so we can max­imise rail freight and re­duce the num­ber of freight ve­hi­cles on the road.

■ Devel­op­ment

AS the pop­u­la­tion grows, so too does the need to prop­erly in­vest in jobs, health, ed­u­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture. We’re com­mit­ted to reversing cuts to state schools, pro­vid­ing $29.4 mil­lion in fund­ing for Blair schools. We’ll prop­erly fund hos­pi­tals with a $2.8 bil­lion Bet­ter Hos­pi­tals Fund which in­cludes $45 mil­lion to blitz wait­ing lists.

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