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Pitt says key Queensland projects fail to get cent

QUEENSLAND has been left with a multi-billion-dollar funding shortfall in health, education and infrastructure, the state's Labor treasurer Curtis Pitt said.

Mr Pitt said key infrastructure priority projects such as Brisbane's second river rail crossing, Gold Coast Light Rail extension and Sunshine Coast Rail Duplication had not received a single cent in funding from the Federal Budget.

"The cuts to health and education funding announced in Joe Hockey's first Budget have not been addressed in this Budget," Mr Pitt said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Queensland is still facing an $18 billion funding shortfall in health and education over the next decade.

"This is despite Lawrence Springborg's economic crystal ball gazing that Queensland would get an even greater share of health and education funding.

"The Queensland LNP is in denial - Joe Hockey refuses to provide the funding we need to pay our doctors and nurses and keep teachers in our classrooms."

Mr Pitt said the Commonwealth Budget Papers reveal Queensland will be $924 million worse off in hospitals funding and $466 million worse off in school funding over the next three years compared to the specific purpose payments in last year's federal budget.

"These savage cuts are yet another exercise in cost-shifting to the States, and a further sign of Mr Hockey's chronic financial mismanagement," he said.

"By Mr Hockey's own admission, national unemployment is likely to remain stubbornly high at or above six percent for the next three years.

"That's a damning indictment on a Budget which is supposed to be all about jobs and employment opportunities.

"Despite this, the Abbott Government is proposing root and branch changes to the Commonwealth public service which could threaten the job security of workers.

An LNP spokesperson told the ABC that Mr Pitt should get on with the job of governing Queensland, using the funding he had.


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