Federal Budget 2017

$20 Billion in Rail Projects Announced

Federal Budget 2017

Last night's Federal Budget has major commitments to infrastructure in regional Australia.

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Overall $20 billion dollars worth of rail projects have been announced across the country.

The Government will hand over $8.4 billion dollars for an inland fright rail line from Melbourne to Brisbane.

The announcement of a National Rail Program will improve service connection between capital cities and the bush, aiming to bolster regional economies through easy access to jobs, health and housing.

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One thing missing is funding for mobile phone black spots, households and rural properties experiencing data drought have also missed out.

Community drug and alcohol services are unlikely to welcome the crackdown on welfare recipients using illicit drugs -- and the risk it'll increase stigma and prevent people seeking help.

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