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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 548 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 September 2017 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
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      548. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Regional Development:
The Liberal–National government allocated $16.5 million to Carnarvon residential aged care. Why has this important project been deferred and the funding been reduced in the state budget released today?
I thank the member for the question.
The member will note that we have worked very hard to meet our election commitments that we made across the state. In particular, the member will note the funding that has been made available for Carnarvon Community College. We said we were reviewing all other projects. I would have expected a little enthusiasm for the fact that we indeed did manage to preserve a significant amount of funding for the Carnarvon aged care project. Member, as we have made it very clear, it was simply not possible for us to ensure that we funded all our election commitments and be responsible in the way that we administered the budget, and not continue to increase our debt level. We had to make some decisions. I would have thought that our decision to proceed totally with all stages of the Carnarvon Community College and to still make a significant contribution to aged care in Carnarvon was a very positive achievement.