Prime Minister Tony Abbott fulfilled his election promise to build infrastructure, launching a billion dollar motorway in Sydney.

But another key promise, stopping the refugee boats, has attracted more high-level criticism from Indonesia.

Celeste Skinner reports.


Construction of the nation’s biggest transport project will begin in early 2015.

Mr Abbott says the West-Connex motorway will create 10,000 jobs for Australians.

But a roadblock for Mr Abbott too, on his first full day as Prime Minister, as Indonesian MP Tantowi Yahya says the plan to turn refugee boats back could jeopardise Indonesia’s good relations with Australia.

Tantowi Yahya, Indonesian MP: “I think the policy will be very offensive and we in the parliament fully support what was said by our foreign ministers that will fully reject the policy.”

Mr Abbott is anxious not to offend Indonesia; he’s due to visit there within weeks.

Tony Abbott, Prime Minister: “We absolutely totally respect Indonesia’s sovereignty.”

Meantime, the Labor Party’s still to pick their new leader.

Contenders Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese are continuing their campaign around Australia, as high-profile party members begin to announce which of the pair they’ll support.

Former Attorney General Nicola Roxon, and powerful union boss Paul Howes are backing Shorten.

While senior Labor MP Jenny Macklin is standing behind Mr Albanese.

Celeste Skinner, QUT News.