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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 967 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 December 2017 by Hon Martin Aldridge

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 6 December 2017

      967. Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the Minister for Regional Development:
I refer to the federal government's investment of $60 million into 106 blackspot locations nationally, including just one site in regional Western Australia.
      (1) Did the federal government engage with the state government on the priority locations identified?
      (2) If yes to (1), who did the federal government consult with and what was the extent of the consultation?
      (3) Did the federal government seek a financial partnership with the state government for this round of funding for the Mobile Black Spot Programme?
      (4) Is the lack of commitment to new mobile base stations in regional WA by the federal government in any way linked to the fact that the state government has allocated no funds in the state budget for new mobile base stations beyond those announced by the former Liberal–National government?
I thank the member for some notice of the question. I hope he shares our outrage at the disgraceful treatment of Western Australia by the federal Liberal–National government.
      (1) I can assure the member—we have had this checked on numerous occasions—that the federal government has never sought to engage on priority locations with WA for this third round of funding.
(2) Not applicable.
      (3) The federal government did not seek a financial partnership with the state government for this round of funding.
      (4) I can confirm that it is impossible that the federal government's decision was somehow based on any of our decisions because it had announced the mere trifling seven sites in Western Australia out of the 106 sites well before our state budget was brought down in September. The site selection was announced in May and we did not bring our budget down until September.