Welcoming the Senate’s support today for a Greens-initiated inquiry into the Perth Freight Link, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has also blasted the Barnett Government for being unable to explain how it will fund its ever-growing contribution to the Link.
“It is exactly because of this kind of obfuscation from the State and Federal governments in response to serious questions that I welcome this national inquiry initiated by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Ms MacLaren said.
“A year ago, Minister Nalder said the State Government contribution to the Link would be $260 million, with a private investor to pay another $390 million and the Commonwealth, $925 million.
“But no private investor was interested, so the cost to the State rose to $650 million, prompting the obvious question, from where in our cash-strapped State Budget has the Barnett Government drawn the extra $390 million?
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