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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Page: 182


Mr Josh Wilson asked the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, in writing, on 7 November 2016

(1) Is the sale of Fremantle Port a condition of the Perth Freight Link (PFL) funding from the Commonwealth.

(2) Has the Australian Government sought or obtained any commitment from the Western Australian Government in respect of the future sale of Fremantle Port.

(3) What was the basis for the calculation of the component of the PFL funding that is provided under the Australian Government's Asset Recycling initiative.

(4) Has a bonus payment been negotiated, that would be provided by the Australian Government to the Western Australian Government upon the sale of Fremantle Port, similar to the payment that is currently a matter of dispute between the Australian Government and the Victorian Government in respect of the sale of the Port of Melbourne.

(5) Is the private toll charge aspect of the PFL a condition of Commonwealth funding.


Mr Chester: The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) & (2) No. The sale of the Fremantle Port is a matter for the Western Australian Government.

(3) There are no funds provided for the Perth Freight Link under the Australian Government's Asset Recycling Initiative.

(4) No.

(5) A distance based heavy vehicle charge forms an integral part of the funding arrangement for the Perth Freight Link project. This arrangement is contained in the business case and executive summary for the project.