INFRASTRUCTURE minister Barnaby Joyce has come under fire for his handling of the infrastructure portfolio.
Labor infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese, himself a former minister, said Mr Joyce was “not up to the job”.
Mr Joyce has been in the headlines for his private life during the past week and Labor appeared to seek advantage from this by hammering him on areas of policy.
“Mr Joyce, appointed Infrastructure Minister in December, faces a huge challenge to convince his Cabinet colleagues to increase investment as a way to drive productivity and economic growth,” Mr Albanese said.
“But judging from his performance in Question Time… his knowledge of his portfolio goes no further than the proposed Inland Rail Link between Brisbane and Melbourne, which goes through his own electorate and does not go to a port anywhere.”
Mr Joyce took over the infrastructure portfolio just before Christmas, controversially replacing the widely-respected Victorian MP Darren Chester.