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Question Without Notice No. 271 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 March 2020 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 19 March 2020

CORONAVIRUS — PUBLIC TRANSPORT

271. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the COVID-19 pandemic plans regarding public transport in Western Australia.

(1) Does the government have a plan to close the public transport services if the transmission of COVID-19 increases in the coming weeks; and, if yes, can the government table the strategy?

(2) Will the state government provide specialised services for the elderly or those who rely solely on public transport, if that is the case?

(3) If public transport services are not suspended, will the state government freeze or waive public transport fees to support those who have been financially impacted by the pandemic?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The honourable member has added words to the question. I will answer the question that was submitted earlier. The member cannot add words when asking the question because the answer will be out of whack. I will answer the question that was submitted.

(1)–(2) The Public Transport Authority will follow the advice provided by the Department of Health and national cabinet. To date, no such advice has been given.

(3) The state government announced on 16 March 2020 that there will be no increase in public transport fares this year.