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Question Without Notice No. 42 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 February 2019 by Hon Peter Collier

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 13 February 2019

METRONET — FEDERAL FUNDING

42. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:

I refer to the government's Metronet projects.

(1) Has the Premier written to the Prime Minister requesting funding for Metronet?

(2) If yes to (1), how many times has the Premier written to the Prime Minister, and on what dates did he write to the Prime Minister?

(3) Will the minister table copies of the correspondence to the Prime Minister; and, if not, why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the Leader of the Opposition for some notice of the question. On behalf of the Leader of the House, I provide the following response.

(1)–(3) The government has made numerous representations to the commonwealth about the funding of Metronet since coming to office in March 2017. The nature of these representations has included meetings at officer level, discussions between ministers, and communications between the Premier and senior commonwealth representatives, including the Prime Minister. In addition, the Premier wrote to the Prime Minister on 13 September 2018 about the state's infrastructure-related priorities and attached the state's list of submissions to Infrastructure Australia's infrastructure priority list. As a state priority project, Metronet was one component of this letter. Given that this request is still subject to negotiation between the state and the commonwealth, it would be inappropriate to table any related correspondence at this time.