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Question Without Notice No. 636 asked in the Legislative Council on 21 August 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

Answered on

PERTH TRAIN STATION — SKY NEWS BROADCAST

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

I refer the minister to the Sky News interview on 5 August with Blair Cottrell, a former United Patriots Front leader and self-confessed Hitler fan. Mr Cottrell has advocated physical and sexual violence against his detractors and is a convicted violent thug.

(1) Is the minister aware whether that interview was broadcast on Sky News at the Perth central train station or at any other stations in WA?

(2) If yes to (1), does the minister think it is appropriate for taxpayers to continue to fund the broadcast of Sky News at public transport stations?

(3) If no to (1), has the minister made inquiries with the Public Transport Authority to check; and, if not, why not?

(4) If no to (2), when can we expect to see its removal from those spaces?

(5) How much is the government paying, and to whom, to broadcast Sky News at public transport stations?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The minister has been advised that the interview was not broadcast at any station operated by the Public Transport Authority. However, if the member has alternative advice, the minister would appreciate that advice.

(2)–(4) Not applicable.

(5) Nil.