FEDERAL Labor has found an extra $10 million in the dying days of the election campaign for work on a small section of the state's Midland Highway.
Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced in Launceston yesterday that the money would be spent on upgrading the highway between Perth and Breadalbane.
It was able to be fast-tracked for announcement before Saturday's election because it was design-ready to go, Mr Albanese said.
``We put all of this money into the budget in May - we announced all of this,'' Mr Albanese said.
``This is not an election promise - this is money that is in the budget for all of our Tasmanian infrastructure plans whether it be the $500 million for the Midland Highway, whether it be the rail revitalisation package of over $100 million.''
Mr Albanese denied that the last-minute funding announcement for the work in the Lyons electorate had not been made to help sitting Lyons Labor MHR Dick Adams to success at Saturday's election.
``We have brought forward the funding now because we can, because it's available,'' he said
``I am very confident that Mr Adams will romp over the line on Saturday.''
Mr Albanese was in Northern Tasmania to talk up the roll-out of the National Broadband Network in Tasmania after the release of a government-commissioned Access Economics report into the benefits of high speed broadband.
The report found that the average Australian household would be $3800 a year better off from access to superfast broadband by 2020.
It found that households in difficult circumstances needing to find employment, move or return to study stood to gain the most from high speed broadband.