MP labels Bruce Highway report's findings 'bull****'

A FEDERAL MP selected for a panel to urgently review the Bruce Highway upgrade has launched a scathing attack of the panel's final product.

The Queensland Government established the Bruce Highway Crisis Management Group earlier this year to come up with a 10-year blueprint for upgrading the 1700-km road.

The panel, made up of federal and state MPs and road industry experts, spent six months assessing road projects and produced a report last month.

But Federal LNP MP for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is clearly unimpressed with the initiative, titling the report's findings as "bull**** motherhood statements".

In a letter to his fellow federal colleagues, Mr Entsch stated: "I am buggered if I can see any value in our contribution and can only come to the conclusion that the invitation to be part of this group was only window-dressing and, from my perspective, a complete waste of time… that do not reflect the concerns of my region."

The group is meant to brandish the report to lobby the Federal Government for extra funds to upgrade the problematic road.

The State Government has committed an extra $1 billion to the road's solution over 10 years on the basis Prime Minister Julia Gillard sticks to the traditional 80:20 funding split.

The man who proudly launched the Bruce Highway Crisis Management Group, Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson, said Mr Entsch's scathing claims were a concern.

"Warren's comments would be of concern to all Queenslanders and the future of the Bruce Highway," Mr Emerson said. "I hope this is not a sign that a federal Coalition government would back away from their responsibility to properly fund this national highway.

The Queensland Opposition said the 10-page report failed miserably.

Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne said that according to reports, Mr Entsch said he could see no value in the report and his involvement at the invitation of the Newman Government was "window dressing … and a complete waste of time".

"Mr Entsch is right that the report will be - in his words - soundly and justifiably condemned," Mr Byrne said.

"The Premier and this LNP Government need to get serious about funding works immediately."

Topics:  bruce highway julia gillard warren entsch

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