Federal Govt slammed for lack of Bruce Hwy funding by Truss

FEDERAL member for Wide Bay Warren Truss has slammed the Gillard Government for its lack of funding for the Fraser Coast stretch of the Bruce Hwy and for budget cuts expected to impact on the cost of living.

The Leader of the Nationals said the Wide Bay continued to suffer from high unemployment, but the budget was unlikely to offer relief.

"The budget offers no hope for any development programs to stimulate the economy and create jobs," he said.

Mr Truss also criticised the lack of funding to upgrade the Bruce Hwy between Cooroy and Curra.

"People who live in the Wide Bay and rely on this section of the Bruce Hwy are right to be disappointed," he said.

"The budget effectively confirms that under Labor, the four laning will not even reach Gympie until at least 2025."

Mr Truss also put a question to the Prime Minister in Tuesday's budget Parliament sitting on the cost of living.

"I remind the Prime Minister of her promise: 'I am a Prime Minister that has tried to provide a little bit of help with the cost-of-living-pressures'," he told Parliament.

"Since that promise, Labor has cut the private health insurance rebate, introduced a carbon tax, cut family payments and dumped the tax cuts.

"Why should Australian's believe anything promised in this year's budget when they could not believe anything promised in last year's budget?"

Prime Minister Julia Gillard responded that she was "very concerned to be working with Australian families on their cost-of-living pressures".