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Question Without Notice No. 524 asked in the Legislative Council on 27 June 2018 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

SOUTH WEST RESCUE HELICOPTER — MINISTERIAL DIRECTION
      524. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the minister representing the Minister for Road Safety:
I refer to the minister's direction, pursuant to section 6A of the Road Safety Council Act 2002, of 10 November 2017 in relation to funding for the south west emergency helicopter service.
      (1) What funding is allocated from the road trauma trust account for the south west emergency helicopter service in 2018–19 and each of the forward estimates years?
      (2) Please provide a copy of the response from the Road Safety Council to the minister's direction of 10 November 2017.
      (3) What explanation does the minister give for her noncompliance with section 6A(3) of the Road Safety Council Act 2002 and the required time frame for tabling such a ministerial direction?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Road Safety.
      (1) Under the former government, the south west helicopter, which began operating on 1 February 2016, was only partly funded until June 2018. The McGowan government worked to secure long-term funding for the helicopter in a tight budget environment. Funding from the road trauma trust account for the south west helicopter is nil in 2018–19 and $4.65 million in 2019–20, 2020–21 and 2021–22.
      (2) I table the letter.
      [See paper 1503.]
      (3) The minister's letter was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 23 November, within the 14 days required by section 6A(3) of the Road Safety Council Act and a copy was lodged with the Clerk of the Legislative Council on that day. This is in stark contrast to the actions of the now Deputy Leader of the Opposition, who allocated $1.5 million from the road trauma trust account to the Western Force sponsorship deal without any reference to the Road Safety Council, a deal that Mr John Langoulant found in the ''Special Inquiry into Government Programs and Projects: Final Report'' to have been ''possibly unlawful'' and ''beyond the provisions of the act''.