Ahead of the 2018 South Australian election, Labor's federal infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese accused the Turnbull Government of "ripping off" South Australia on infrastructure. He claimed the Government would slash South Australia's share of its infrastructure grants to a mere 2 per cent in coming years, despite the state being home to 7 per cent of the national population. Yes, South Australia's share of infrastructure funding is forecast to be around 2 per cent in 2020-21, but there's more to it. On the current funding allocation South Australia is set to receive 2.4 per cent of total federal infrastructure spending in 2020-21, the final year of the four-year budget period. However, an analysis of federal budget documents shows that South Australia is set to receive an annual average of 7.1 per cent of federal infrastructure grants over the four-year budget period, including a disproportionately large 11.6 per cent share of the total in 2017-18, and roughly proportionate 7.4 per cent and 7 per cent shares 2018-19 and 2019-20. Mr Albanese uses the plural, "in coming years". This suggests South Australia's funding allocation will be 2 per cent in at least two years. However, the budget predictions indicate funding will only be as low as 2 per cent in only one year. In the other three years, South Australia's current share is forecast to be considerably higher.
Verdict: Yes, but more to it