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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 565 asked in the Legislative Council on 31 August 2021 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Parliament: 41 Session: 1


565. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to questions without notice 317 and 341, asked on 22 and 23 June 2021, on the business cases being developed by the government for three tier 3 rail lines, and to the two months that have passed since that time.

(1) Are the business cases finally complete for all or any of these three lines?

(2) When are the business cases due to be given to the government?

(3) What is the deadline for the current funding round associated with submitting the cases to Infrastructure Australia for consideration?

(4) Which entities, agencies, departments and/or consultants are preparing the business cases, and was a time frame imposed upon the preparation of each business case?

(5) When will the three business cases be made public?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. Noting that the former Liberal–National government privatised the freight rail network and closed the tier 3 rail lines —

(1)–(2) Business case development is still ongoing.

(3) The business case is not explicitly linked to a deadline or funding source. The McGowan government was recently successful in securing $200 million for agricultural supply chain improvements and will continue to advocate for more funding for regional Western Australia.

(4) The transport portfolio is leading the development of the business case.

(5) Consideration will be given following the completion of the business case process.