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Queensland's treasurer has demanded his state should receive $1 billion for public transport infrastructure in Tuesday night's federal budget.
Curtis Pitt says Queenslanders will feel "drastically short-changed" if NSW and Victoria received the lion's share of the suggested $5 billion in public transport funding.
Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt. Photo: Glenn Hunt"On population share alone we would expect $1 billion of that amount and we have an essential major project in Cross River Rail that should be supported," Mr Pitt said.
The Cross River Rail project, providing a second rail crossing of the Brisbane River, is Queensland's biggest infrastructure priority and is priced at $5.2 billion.
Mr Pitt warned that the Turnbull government would pay dearly if it ignored the state's needs, considering how voters rejected the Liberal National Party's asset leasing platform in last year's election boilover.
"If the budget allocations for infrastructure are to reward states engaging in asset sales, then Queensland voters will make their views known at the coming federal poll," Mr Pitt said.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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