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Never mind the speeches, or the selling roadshow the day after, while all the budget workers head to nearby leafy suburbs for dinner to celebrate tonight, let's look at the real devil in the detail.

http://www.budget.gov.au/2014-15/index.htm

http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/department/statements/2014_2015/

eta: Here are the state-by-state tables of road and rail projects (more interesting?):

http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/projects/index.aspx

Be interested to read what everyone thinks of all things 'transportation' since we're in this forum.
 

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It doesn't really propose anything new. Just brings money forward for the Westconnex to be constructed earlier.

Not too sure about the other infrastructure projects being funded but assuming it does the same for them as well?
 

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Only the second section of Westconnex is brought forward to next year.
 

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Any non-road infrastructure projects?

EDIT: I am confused, are they planning to fund the Melbourne Metro or not? In the Victorian brief, it mentioned something about $1b being allocated for 2015-2019?
 

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What did you expect?

I seem to remember some of the community here insisting that both sides of politics were more or less equally committed to Public Transport.

I'll make my conclusions after further reading.

"Budgets" are just meant to overwhelm people ... never moreso than now. But now even those who can't or so relucant to add up can assemble the data ... by plugging it into a spreadsheet ... and inserting the appropriate formulae.
 

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Any non-road infrastructure projects?

EDIT: I am confused, are they planning to fund the Melbourne Metro or not? In the Victorian brief, it mentioned something about $1b being allocated for 2015-2019?
Quite a lot of freight rail, but fairly small and running behind compared to road projects. It's passenger rail that they won't fund. The biggest rail project seems to be the Melbourne-Brisbane inland rail route.
 

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^^ $300 million for pre-construction works on the Brisbane–Melbourne Freight Route. Here's the Government's press release on freight rail projects:

Investing in Freight Rail for the 21st Century

Media Release
BUDGET INFRA 11/2014
13 May 2014
Joint release with:
Jamie Briggs
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Abbott Government is delivering on its Economic Action Strategy to build a stronger economy, increase productivity and create more jobs by developing an efficient national freight rail network.

The Budget includes targeted investments to modernise the national rail network and links to ports.

Our plan will increase the productive capacity of Australia's rail freight network meaning primary producers and major exporters will have greater access to key domestic and international markets through the easier passage of freight and other products.

The Government's freight rail plan honours the commitment we made to the Australian people.

Our plan for better freight rail includes a number of priority projects:

Delivering the Inland Railway from Melbourne to Brisbane over the next decade which will create a more efficient, competitive national rail network and get more trucks off our interstate highways.

$300 million has been allocated for pre-construction works. The Southern Freight Rail Corridor in Brisbane, and sections between Narrabri and North Star, as well as Parkes and Narromine, are being assessed as locations to fast-track early works.

The Government is expected to consider further advice on the implementation of the Inland Railway towards the end of 2014.

The Government is also investigating the feasibility of a new dedicated 24 hour freight link to the Port in Brisbane as part of the Inland Railway project.

The Government has committed $50 million to install Advanced Train Management System technology between Port Augusta and Whyalla in South Australia. This technology has great potential to improve capacity, efficiency, reliability and safety on the national rail network.

$75 million will be provided from June 2014 for the next stage of upgrades to the Port Botany Rail Line in Sydney. These upgrades will improve the supply chain to the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal, as well as other local and regional markets.

$38 million has been committed to the Melbourne Metropolitan Intermodal System.

From 2014–15 the Government will provide $119.6 million over five years to the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Programme which will reduce the operational costs of freight movements by providing additional rail capacity, improved reliability and reduced transit times.

In Perth, work is almost completed on the North Quay Rail Terminal at Fremantle, meaning freight can be more easily moved through metropolitan Perth to Kewdale.

Moving more freight onto rail will reduce road congestion and make our highways safer. It will also encourage jobs growth in the agricultural, transport and export sectors.

The Abbott Government is delivering on its commitment to build a strong, prosperous economy for a safe, secure Australia.
 

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$700m towards the Toowoomba bypass.

http://m.thechronicle.com.au/news/budget-funds-promise-for-a-second-range-crossing/2257970/

TOOWOOMBA fared better than most regions in last night's Federal Budget with Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane declaring he had delivered an election promise in $700 million funding for the Second Range Crossing.

He said the Federal Government was willing to put the $1.285 billion it agreed to in January on the table - but only if a public-private partnership did not eventuate for the project.
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That shortfall amount would be delivered by 2018-19.

Mr Macfarlane said Prime Minister Tony Abbott had signed off on delivering the shortfall, with the State Government having agreed to contribute $342m.

But he said the Second Range Crossing was intended to be a public-private partnership "right from the start".

"The big news is that the money is in the Budget … the $700 million will be in the Budget," he said.

"The Prime Minister and the Treasurer have signed off on any contingency that may be required between the $700 million and the $1.3 billion.

"We would hope that we won't be required to contribute further taxpayer funds, but if we are, the money is there in terms of building the Second Range Crossing. There's no more question mark.

"We've never stepped away from wanting to test the market on a public-private partnership. What we said in February and (tonight) is that the $700 million will be there."

Mr Macfarlane said despite ongoing delays in the call for expressions of interest to build the bypass, work would start late this year or in early 2015.

The funding was a rare bright spot in a Budget that will hit many Toowoomba families hard, with a fuel excise increase and cuts to family tax benefits.

Another $508 million by 2018-19 has been confirmed for the Warrego Hwy between Toowoomba and Miles, with an undisclosed completion date.

Students at TAFE and the University of Southern Queensland will also benefit from the extension of the HELP program which allows students in rural and regional areas to apply for loans and scholarships.

What we'll get

Up to $1.285 billion to build Second Range Crossing.

$508 million for Warrego Hwy between Toowoomba and Miles.
 

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The Government is also investigating the feasibility of a new dedicated 24 hour freight link to the Port in Brisbane as part of the Inland Railway project.
I think this is the slightly foamy Acacia Ridge to the Port tunnel (or alignment at least partially involving tunnel).

If combined with the Ebenezer-Kagaru-Bromelton line also referred to it would wipe a lot of freight and bulk mineral traffic off the metropolitan network.
 

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^^ That's what it sounds like to me, and it's something I'd definitely welcome. The Port of Brisbane does have a pretty decent looking Multimodal Terminal out there, but only 15–20% of all freight to/from the Port is carried by train (mainly coal and grain) due to rail constraints. It's a ridiculous state of affairs.
 

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^^ That's what it sounds like to me, and it's something I'd definitely welcome. The Port of Brisbane does have a pretty decent looking Multimodal Terminal out there, but only 15–20% of all freight to/from the Port is carried by train (mainly coal and grain) due to rail constraints. It's a ridiculous state of affairs.
Haven't looked at the numbers in detail but ARA is asserting that federal rail funding is being cut by around 70% countrywide. (This possibly includes all of the urban and passenger transport projects which were scrapped shortly after they took office.)
 

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Too bad $575m has been allocated to BaT (although still referred to as Cross River Rail in the budget)...would have been nice to see no funding and the Qld Govt wondering how to find money for it themselves.
 

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Haven't looked at the numbers in detail but ARA is asserting that federal rail funding is being cut by around 70% countrywide. (This possibly includes all of the urban and passenger transport projects which were scrapped shortly after they took office.)
Yes, the figure is going down by about that much over the five years - and that's just freight projects.

Meanwhile road project funding is many times higher and pretty level over the same period. At least we'll have a great road system in place just before oil becomes unaffordable/scarce.

It's amazing the damage one individual's pea-brained "philosophy" can do to a nation's long term future.
 
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Yes, the figure is going down by about that much over the five years - and that's just freight projects.

Meanwhile road project funding is many times higher and pretty level over the same period. At least we'll have a great road system in place just before oil becomes unaffordable/scarce.

It's amazing the damage one individual's pea-brained "philosophy" can do to a nation's long term future.
Rather than your "philosophy"?

I'm not an Abbott fan but he has read the mood of the majority of the electorate well with regards to road funding. People are demanding better roads in the 4 bigger capitals in particular, and rural people are screaming for better highways (and rightly so).

Australia's interstate highways are an embarrassment, mainly the Pacific and Bruce Highways. And this is where a lot of the money is going.

The urban motorway networks in the three eastern capitals need "finishing" and that is what the projects in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are about.

Sorry to dissapoint you but the private automobile is going nowhere. Expensive oil is a LONG way off and even when it happens they will easily move to other forms of energy. The car is here to stay, you should accept that.

There is still appropriate funding for PT projects, notably the Bus &Train tunnel in Brisbane. But this funding is being directed where it is most effective for PT, the inner cities.
 

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Too bad $575m has been allocated to BaT (although still referred to as Cross River Rail in the budget)...would have been nice to see no funding and the Qld Govt wondering how to find money for it themselves.
The Feds funded CRR/UBAT? Where did you see that? I haven't come across any mention of CRR in the documents...
 

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Fairly typical conservative budget.

Tax the rich more for only 3 years but the low and middle class are taxed more forever.

Typical political bullshit calling 'New Taxes' as co-payments, levies or excise adjustments etc etc. After winning an election with slogans like 'No New Taxes'.

The treasurers continual quotation of Australia's GROSS debt rather our NET debt which is only around 10-12% of our GDP.

Ironic quote (1) from the Treasurers budget speech.

"Now is not the time to be talking down the economy." I laughed as did most of the house when he said this. For the last 7 years that's all dipshit and fatboy have been doing.

Ironic quote(2) from the Treasurers budget speech.

"Australia is great nation and a generous nation."

followed by:

So generous that

"We will be slashing foreign aid by more than $7 billion over the forward estimates"

Ie. we're rich, you're poor so go **** yourselves.


And of course, to link it back to transport, this government is only interested in funding road infrastructure.


A real shame.
 

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Quite a lot of freight rail, but fairly small and running behind compared to road projects. It's passenger rail that they won't fund. The biggest rail project seems to be the Melbourne-Brisbane inland rail route.
I saw that, but still confused about how it specifically mentions "Melbourne Metro" with $1 billion allocated to it for 2015-2019. What's the meaning of this? Are they funding it (albeit barely enough to cover the cost of it) or did I read it wrong?
 

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$37 billion investment into infrastructure
- This money was already made available by the previous government to support their favored projects.

$5 billion in funding for states if they privatise public infrastructure.
This money has come from:
- Building Australia fund. (This funded projects determined by Infrastructure Australia as ready to proceed, it will be axed)
- Education infrastructure fund.

$7.5billion for new projects
This has come from the following:
- $3b cut from Melbourne Metro
- $2b billion dollar loan from West Connex
- $1b Funding cut to local councils for infrastructure projects
- $500m cut from Perth light and heavy rail
- $715m cut from Brisbane Cross River Rail
- smaller amounts cut from public transport, roads and public space upgrades.

Basically they moved some numbers, renamed projects and tore funding from public transport to claim they have a brand new infrastructure plan.
 
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