Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Vicki Wood

Labor unveils 'Abbott Axe' catchcry

THE Labor Opposition hit out at the government on roads funding during Question Time today, unveiling a new "Abbott Axe" catchcry on government spending cuts.

Referring variously to the loss of hundreds of jobs from CSIRO, bushfire payments, roads funding and the childcare rebate, the phrase formed a key part of the Opposition's attack.

Opposition infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese tried to call Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss out over several roads project he said had be hit by the "axe".

But a vocal Mr Truss hit back, referring to a multitude of projects that were left uncontracted by the former government.

The projects, many of which were announced by the previous government during the election campaign, remain in doubt until the current government completes an assessment of the proposals.

In parliament, Mr Truss said the government was still reviewing all the projects, in the hope they could proceed.

"We will not reject them just because Labor funded them dishonestly," he said.

But after the debate, Mr Albanese hit back again in a statement, saying the government had "confirmed his government had not allocated" funding to some projects.

The government has confirmed assessments are underway, but no deadline has been set for a final decision.


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