Welcoming the Senate’s support today for a Greens-initiated inquiry into the Perth Freight Link, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has also blasted the Barnett Government for being unable to explain how it will fund its ever-growing contribution to the Link.
“It is exactly because of this kind of obfuscation from the State and Federal governments in response to serious questions that I welcome this national inquiry initiated by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Ms MacLaren said.
“A year ago, Minister Nalder said the State Government contribution to the Link would be $260 million, with a private investor to pay another $390 million and the Commonwealth, $925 million.
“But no private investor was interested, so the cost to the State rose to $650 million, prompting the obvious question, from where in our cash-strapped State Budget has the Barnett Government drawn the extra $390 million?
“When I asked this question last night the Minister claimed it was ‘not possible to answer’.
“Either the Government really does not know, or it does not want to acknowledge that it has slashed services in health, education, the environment and supporting the vulnerable, in order to throw hundreds of millions of dollars at a lemon.
“I do not know how long the Barnett and Abbott governments thought they could get away with this, but with the Senate today supporting Greens Senator Scott Ludlam’s inquiry, I would say their time is up.”