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Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has made another key pitch to win over voters in south-east Queensland, with Labor committing to invest $112 million to help deliver the third stage of the Gold Coast light rail project.
With a future Shorten government already committing to contribute $2 billion to Brisbane's $2.24 billion Cross River Rail project, Labor is hoping the extra money for infrastructure will be enough to win over voters in the crucial battleground state in the May election.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has already committed the same amount to the Gold Coast light rail extension, but so far baulked at backing the Palaszczuk Labor government's No.1 transport project, the Cross River Rail.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor was committed to backing public transport projects, such as stage three of the Gold Coast light rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads. Dan Peled
The Palaszczuk government had a long-running tussle with former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull over funding for the Cross River Rail – a crucial rail link between Brisbane's inner south and inner north to ease congestion on the rail network.
This article first appeared on www.afr.com
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