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The Morrison Government backs the Brisbane Metro - but it seems the Palaszczuk Government does not
In an unprecedented act, the Palaszczuk Government has refused to accept a $50 million payment from the Morrison Government for the Brisbane Metro.
It was bizarre enough when a Palaszczuk Government Minister ripped up a bill from New South Wales for quarantine expenses.
Now a Palaszczuk Government Minister has ripped up a cheque from the Commonwealth.
By refusing to pass on Commonwealth funding for the Brisbane Metro, the state is in breach of the National Partnerships Agreement on Land Transport Projects (NPA) signed by the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in 2019, which clearly outlines the process for Commonwealth payments.
The Brisbane Metro is a $1.244 billion project; the Commonwealth is proud to support it with a $300 million funding commitment, of which the $50 million payment forms part.
Not only will the Brisbane Metro significantly enhance Brisbane’s transport network, it will play an important role in the successful delivery of the Olympics.
The Palaszczuk Government needs to live up to its promises and back the Brisbane Metro.