Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

Shadow Attorney-General

Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

Senator for Western Australia


16 NOVEMBER 2023


Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has deceived Western Australians once again by taking the axe to $300 million worth of funding to infrastructure projects in our State.

The Government’s Infrastructure Review has led to the withdrawal of funding for four regional road projects. The funding withdrawn is $200 million from the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation; $48 million from the Marble Bar Road Upgrade; $48 million from the Moorine Rock to Mt Holland Road Upgrades and $6.4 million from the Great Southern Secondary Freight Network.

The $300 million has been withdrawn despite former Premier Mr Mark McGowan revealing in May that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had advised him that there would be “very little impact” on federally funded projects in WA.

The Premier told media at the time that he believed the review would mostly target projects in NSW, Queensland and Victoria, including the $31bn Inland rail.

“I expect very little impact on us,” Mr McGowan said at the time.

But Shadow Attorney-General and Senator for Western Australian Michaelia Cash said the cuts were proof that the Albanese Government doesn’t care about Western Australia.

“Mr Albanese told our former Premier one thing but now has acted differently,’’ she said.

“Despite what the fly-in, fly-out Prime Minister says about looking after Western Australia, the engine room of the national economy, he continues to let the State down,’’ Senator Cash said.

“Mr Albanese has short changed WA on infrastructure projects and now we face more cuts and delays – it’s just not good enough,’’ she said.

“It baffles me why the Federal Labor members of the Government from our State don’t fight harder for Western Australia,’’ Senator Cash said.