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Thursday, 19 March 2015
Page: 1915


Senator LUDLAM (Western Australia) (11:31): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 663 standing in my name for today. It relates to Perth light rail—getting that project back on track.

Leave granted.

Senator LUDLAM: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Perth is in urgent need of a light rail network to serve the metropolitan area,

(ii) the Barnett State Government committed to the Metro Area Express 'MAX' light rail network for Perth at the 2013 state election, and

(iii) only 18 months later, the Barnett Government walked away from the project; and

(b) calls on the Abbott Government to:

(i) reallocate the $500 million previously allocated to the Perth Light Rail and the Airport Rail Link projects, and

(ii) properly evaluate alternative options for freight projects to the proposed Perth Freight Link.

Question agreed to.