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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 544 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 June 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

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

Answered on 4 June 2019


544. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the US decision to blacklist Chinese telecom giant Huawei for flouting sanctions on Iran and the alleged attempts to steal trade secrets. I also refer to the fact that Vodafone previously identified hidden backdoors in its software that could have given Huawei unauthorised access to the carrier's fixed-line network in Italy. I also note Google's pulling of support for Huawei phones and products.

(1) Does the minister acknowledge that there is evidence that Huawei may be a national security threat?

(2) Will the infrastructure that Huawei provides for the Transperth system provide or affect any wi-fi systems to which Transperth users can connect, or any system through which Transperth user data travels?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Transport.

(1) Matters of national security come under the jurisdiction of the commonwealth government. However, as has been previously stated, the commonwealth Department of Home Affairs advised the state government that it had not identified any issues that would prevent the radio systems replacement project from proceeding.

(2) The Public Transport Authority's new digital radio network for the Transperth system will operate independently from the infrastructure that will be required to support any Transperth free public wi-fi system.