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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Page: 183

Perth Freight Link

(Question No. 535)

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

(1) What sum has the Australian Government spent on legal fees in order to prevent the public from having access to Freedom of Information documents (sought by the former Member for Perth) which form the background to the Perth Freight Link, including the conditions set by the Australian Government in return for Commonwealth funding.(2) Was this matter discussed with the former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Hon. Mr Jamie Briggs) at any time; if so, can he outline the discussions.(3) Was any advice given by the former Assistant Minister as to the way the case was to be conducted; if so, can he outline the advice.

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

(1) This is an ongoing matter and the Australian Government will not comment on the cost of defending its decision to not release documents.

(2) No.

(3) No.