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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's $43 million Adelaide rail funding announcement is aimed at shoring up the marginal Liberal seat of Boothby where sitting member Andrew Southcott is retiring, the Federal Opposition has said.
Mr Turnbull has announced the funding for a train line to link Adelaide to Flinders University and the Flinders Medical Centre in the city's south.
The project to extend the Tonsley railway line by 650 metres, between the Tonsley Innovation Precinct and the university, is expected to cut travel times from the city to the campus to just over 20 minutes.
"It's going to make it easier for students to get to and from the university, it's going to make it easier for the innovators to work together," Mr Turnbull said.
"It's going to improve the amenity, the liveability, of this part of Adelaide."
But Labor's Anthony Albanese said the money had been taken from stopping another project recommended by Infrastructure Australia.
He said some of the money was allocated by the previous federal Labor government and then former prime minister Tony Abbott "cut that program as part of their anti-public transport program where they cut all projects that weren't already underway".
"So there's no new money here, this is simply a reallocation," Mr Albanese said.
He told AM the Coalition should have found new money to pay for the project.
"What public transport needs is additional funding and you don't take money from projects that have been approved by Infrastructure Australia in order to support projects that haven't been through any assessment process," Mr Albanese said.
Mr Albanese argued the announcement was aimed at helping the Liberal Party hold Boothby.
"Quite clearly that is the assessment that the Government has made … they have had a look at their electoral prospects in Boothby [where] you have a retiring member," he said.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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