Senate will hold inquiry into Perth Freight Link
August 13, 2015 Leave a comment
Interesting to read that the Greens, ALP and all eight Senate crossbenchers have successfully moved to establish a Senate Inquiry into the Perth Freight Link.
It was moved by Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam who said:
“Whatever your views on whether this project is a good idea or not, the public is owed an explanation as to how an open-ended funding commitment of up to $2.5 billion was made in the absence of basic information.”
Personally I hope this is an opportunity to relook at the options including prioritising the outer harbour so Roe 8 and the PFL can be avoided. Given this is Perth’s biggest ever road project it makes sense to me to slow it down and make sure we are getting it right.
Terms of Reference:
(a) the Senate notes the failure of the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development to comply with the order of the Senate of 10 August 2015, namely for all documents relating to the Infrastructure Australia evaluation of the Perth Freight Link and the business case presented by the Western Australian Government and related documents;
(b) resolves that the decision to commit funding to the Perth Freight Link project be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 November 2015, with particular reference to:
(i) the decision-making process that led to the announcement that the Perth Freight Link would receive Commonwealth funding,
(ii) the information relied upon by state and Commonwealth governments informing the decision to fund this project,
(iii) the importance of transparency of decision-making in relation to infrastructure decisions,
(iv) evaluation of options for managing growth in the Perth freight task, and
(v) any related matters