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Vic punished for voting Labor: Treasurer

AAP logoAAP 20/12/2016

Four other states are getting more federal infrastructure money than Victoria and the state's treasurer says voters are being punished for choosing Labor.

Despite having Australia's fastest growing population, economy and job market, Victoria is set to get just 7.7 per cent of the federal infrastructure funding pie.

"Victoria will get - over the next five years from the Commonwealth - $2.5 billion (while) NSW will get almost $12 billion," Treasurer Tim Pallas told 3AW on Tuesday.

Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia will also get more money than Victoria.

"It seems that the Commonwealth are taking a purely political view of where their interest lies, rather than where the national interest lies," Mr Pallas said.

"There's no doubt that they're angry about a number of things, including that we won the last (state) election (in 2014)."

But federal Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester says if Victoria included the $3 billion still set aside for the dumped East West Link toll road, the state's funding share jumped to about 20 per cent.

"I'm very keen to see a greater share of funding being allocated to Victoria," Mr Chester told 3AW on Tuesday.

Earlier in 2016 the state and federal governments agreed to spend some of the East West Link money on freeway and regional rail projects.

"We have had a good result this year but I accept the criticism that there's always more to be done," Mr Chester said.

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