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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 807 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 August 2019 by Hon Simon O’Brien

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

Answered on


807. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the Minister for Ports:

(1) How many shipping containers—twenty-foot equivalent units—arrived at North Wharf, Fremantle, by train for export and departed North Wharf for local destinations by train in each of the last three financial years?

(2) Were all these shipping containers subsidised by the state government; and, if not all, how many were subsidised?


I thank the member for the question.

(1) The total number of shipping containers—twenty-foot equivalent units—that arrived and departed North Wharf, Fremantle, by rail over the last three financial years is outlined as follows. The number of exports in 2016–17 was 62 600; in 2017–18, 69 416; and in 2018–19, 90 755. The number of imports in 2016–17 was 45 822; in 2017–18, 54 337; and in 2018–19, 67 242.

(2) The total number of container movements by rail subsidised by the state government is outlined as follows. The number of subsidised exports in 2016–17 was 45 718; in 2017–18, 53 418; and in 2018–19, 77 411. The number of subsidised imports in 2016–17 was 32 862; in 2017–18, 33 971; and in 2018–19, 41 176.

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