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TWU: Roads not an LNP bargaining chip

THE truck drivers' union has slammed the LNP plan to use the proceeds of asset leases to build an inland alternative to the flood-prone Bruce Hwy.

Premier Campbell Newman announced in Emerald this week that if re-elected he would spend $375 million upgrading inland roads to create a second north-south highway.

But the Transport Workers Union accused the government of holding road users hostage to asset privatisation.

TWU Queensland secretary Peter Biagini said the government was forcing voters to choose between assets and better roads.

"Newman has no right to tell Queenslanders that we have to choose between our roads and our assets. Roads are not optional," he said.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said this week that an LNP Government would upgrade the Gregory Developmental Rd and the Burnett and New England highways using money from its asset privatisation plan.

"We've made the strong choices to reduce debt and free up funds for job-creating infrastructure," he said.

See  more election coverage daily in the print edition of The Morning Bulletin. 



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