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Question Without Notice No. 205 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 March 2020 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon A. MacTiernan
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 12 March 2020

KALGOORLIE CONSOLIDATED GOLD MINES — MT PERCY — RAIL REALIGNMENT

205. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer the minister to my question without notice 80—C085—asked on 18 February 2020 regarding the realignment of the rail line near the Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines Mt Percy open pits. The minister in her answer said that planning work by her department had not identified specific overall transport benefits. Earlier this week, I read reports that the government is now paying for two studies designed to pave the way for this development.

(1) Was it my excellent question on 18 February 2020 that inspired the government to pay for studies into this project?

(2) If not, why did the minister not notify the chamber of these studies when asked about the issue on 18 February 2020?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

(1)–(2) That is a pretty amazing question, I have to say. It shows some of the narcissism of Mr Trump. I just think it is important to understand that the previous question was not answered by me. I know that the way in which member has written his question does imply that it has been. These issues have been on the agenda for many, many years. They are frequently raised. I can remember work being done on these issues when I was minister for transport many years ago. The Goldfields–Esperance Development Commission has been working with the City of Kalgoorlie–Boulder for some time, and we have managed to find some resources to update the studies that have been done in the past. As the Minister for Transport said in her answer, further work was required to understand the economic benefit and regional development impacts. Well, this is the further work that is required. So it is entirely consistent with the answer given by the other minister.