Australian PM Pledges Billions For Infrastructure In New Budget

The Sydney Morning Herald reports, Australia’s new Labour government “is set to make infrastructure the centrepiece” of its first budget. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Infrastructure Minister Catherine King are proposing to fund projects totaling more than five billion AUD (about 3.13 billion USD) over the coming year in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

The Morning Herald also reports that Labour “will declare the death of ‘zombie’ projects that the previous Coalition government still had on the books, including the East West Link in Melbourne and the Perth Freight Link.” Albanese, a critic of infrastructure project planning and investment by the previous government, said his administration “is getting on with the job of delivering projects in consultation with Infrastructure Australia and all levels of government to make a real difference to the lives of Australians.”