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25 September, 2012
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As we mentioned on Twitter last week, the W.A. Minister for Transport used a large map as a comedic prop during Questions Without Notice in the Legislative Assembly while critiquing the Opposition’s recent public transport proposals. A screenshot of the map in action can be seen at the end of the exchange below. The map also made its way to the Shadow Minister for Transport (Hon. Ken Travers, member of the Legislative Council), who posted a photograph later that day to his Twitter account.

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: […] I thought by way of comparison that I would share with the house a reflection on some recent announcements around public transport from the Labor Party. In relation to light rail—I have discussed this before—the Labor Party proposes a fully funded light rail from East Perth to West Perth; basically, a light rail project from this side of the Causeway to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. It will be fully funded from the Perth parking levy, which has no money in it!

Mr J.N. Hyde: Rubbish!

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: Who said “rubbish”? It is true! It is true!

Several members interjected.

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: So the Labor Party’s light rail project, which is fully funded, is funded from a funding source which has no money in it! That is the first one!

Mr B.S. Wyatt: How much money has been allocated to your light rail? How much money? How much is allocated?

The SPEAKER: Member for Victoria Park, I will allocate to you one formal call to order.

[…]

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: I just want to finish with my last reflection on Labor public transport policy. It came last week on Thursday, 13 September.

Mr W.J. Johnston interjected.

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: Let me read this, member for Cannington.
This was in response to the government announcing the route of the train line through to the airport and on to Forrestfield—a very important announcement. The shadow Minister for Transport was on the radio, and this is what he said—just listen to this —
… what I would love to see is a rail line that actually runs along Tonkin Highway from Forrestfield to Ellenbrook …
“I am going to build a railway line from Forrestfield to Ellenbrook”, and —
… I would be proposing that we get on with it straight away and build it in the next term of Government
So here is the Labor transport spokesperson, in a magnificent stroke of public transport planning genius, deciding that he is going to spend $2.5 billion linking up the two most marginal seats in the eastern suburbs with heavy rail! It is fantastic!

Several members interjected.

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: I will table it; it is here!
Leader of the Opposition, I look forward —

The SPEAKER: I thought it was a fairly simple question; a lot of people are wishing to prolong it unnecessarily. I will ask you to conclude your answer, minister. If you are going to table a document, I will ask you to do that as well.

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: I will table the document, because I would like to see the Leader of the Opposition’s new shiny document with the Ellenbrook–Forrestfield railway line on it. I could imagine the folks in Ellenbrook getting up and thinking: “Thank heavens; if we get a Labor government we can get on the train, and for a day out we can go down to Forrestfield”, or vice versa. The good folk of Forrestfield will be out there celebrating in the streets! “For a day out next year we’re going to go to Ellenbrook”! But to help the Leader of the Opposition do his big new shiny brochure for his new initiative from Ellenbrook to Forrestfield, I have started it for him. This can be the cover: there is Kenny Travers, and, more importantly, there is the price tag, Leader of the Opposition.

Mr W.J. Johnston interjected.

The SPEAKER: Member for Cannington, I formally call you to order for the first time today. Member for Victoria Park, I formally call you to order for the second time today. Minister for Transport, you indicated you would table a document.

Mr T.R. BUSWELL: Here is my map to help them, which I happily table.

Troy Buswell's rail map - Ellenbrook-Forrestfield

Subject: Public Transport Initiatives [Legislative Assembly – Questions Without Notice]

Date: 18 September 2012

Hansard reference: pp. 6000-6002 [online (pdf)]

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