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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 912 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 October 2018 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 10 October 2018

MOBILE BLACK SPOT PROGRAM

912. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the ministerial statement made by the minister on 9 October 2018 relating to the federal government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

(1) On what date and by what means did the minister communicate with the Minister for Regional Services as suggested in the statement?

(2) Can the minister please provide a copy of that correspondence?

(3) Is it the state government's position that it seeks to obtain $3 million in funding from the federal government program and on what basis does the minister believe this to be fair and equitable rather than a higher amount?

(4) Where in the 2018–19 state budget can the $3 million in matching funding from the state government for this purpose be found?

Hon DARREN WEST replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. On behalf of the Minister for Regional Development, I give the following answer.

(1) I approved a letter to the minister on 5 October 2018. Due to an oversight in my office, this letter was not processed and posted until 9 October 2018. My office also emailed a copy of the letter to the minister's office on 9 October 2018. My chief of staff contacted the minister's officer today to explain the need for the extension and apologised for the delay in the letter being sent. We expressed our desire to work cooperatively with the federal government to obtain the best outcome for Western Australia.

(2) I table the document.

[See paper 2030.]

(3) My intention is to obtain as much funding as possible from the federal government, but one needs to be realistic about the share of the $25 million national pie that we will receive.

(4) Any state government investment will be approved though normal budgetary processes. However, I am advised that the current regional telecommunications project budget includes some unallocated funding that may be able to be put towards that purpose.