It is well past time the Turnbull Government stopped dithering and committed to funding to Brisbane's Cross River Rail, which is an essential project to reduce congestion in this growing city.
Construction could already have been underway on this congestion-busting, job-creating project if the Coalition Government had not cut Federal funding for it in their 2014 Budget.
This critical infrastructure project will add a much-needed second rail crossing of the Brisbane River in the city's CBD.
The existing Merivale Bridge is rapidly approaching full capacity.
The resulting bottleneck will constrain economic growth in the nation's third largest city.
In 2013 the former Labor Federal Government committed funding to Cross River Rail, after the independent Infrastructure Australia rated it ready to proceed.
But the incoming Coalition Government cancelled that investment, along with all Commonwealth investment in public transport that was not already under construction.
In the 2016 election, Federal Labor committed to support the project but the Coalition has provided no funding.
It's time the Prime Minister took practical action to support public transport and reduce congestion in our cities.
It's time to get on with it.
MONDAY, 30 JANUARY 2017