Coalition makes a $5.6bil promise on  Pacific Highway

FEDERAL opposition leader Tony Abbott made a visit to town today during a Pacific Highway truck journey.

He is amid a 875km trek from Brisbane to the Central Coast behind the wheel of a Nolan's interstate transport truck.

Mr Abbott spoke at a community breakfast at Rydges Port Macquarie before holding a press conference on the highway north of town.

The Coalition has pledged $5.6 billion to complete highway upgrade if elected to government.The deadlock between the state and federal governments over the highway funding ratio continues.

“My message to them is that completing the upgrade of the Pacific Highway is an integral part of the Coalition’s plan to build a strong and prosperous economy and a safer and more secure Australia,” Mr Abbott said.

He said in these weeks before Christmas, he wanted to highlight the state of the highway and the costs to our economy of neglecting this critical piece of national infrastructure.

Mr Abbott said that was why a future Coalition government would provide $5.6 billion to complete the highway duplication.

The state and federal governments are continuing to dispute the Pacific Highway funding ratio.

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