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Monday, 14 March 2005
Page: 136

Senator Mark Bishop asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 17 December 2004:

For each of the past 5 years, what funds have been paid from Commonwealth programs to each State and Territory for urban public transport.

Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

The funding and management of Australian urban public transport services is primarily a State and local government responsibility. Nonetheless, the Australian Government seeks to work cooperatively with State, Territory and local governments to ensure that effective urban public passenger transport is an integral part of longer term transport planning.

Accordingly the Australian Government has focused its efforts in recent years on ensuring the conditions for strong economic growth are maintained, and on ensuring that our major road and rail links are capable of meeting the transport task, rather than providing specific urban public transport assistance. The Government’s AUSLINK programme is a major commitment to Australia’s freight and passenger task which in turn assists State, Territory and Local Governments to address urban public transport issues.

Consistent with its broader role, the Australian Government has committed $650,000 in funding to the Gold Coast Light Rail System feasibility study. Of this, $272,727 and $230,000 was paid in 2002-03 and 2003-04 respectively, with the remaining $147,273 (excluding GST) expected to be paid in 2004-05.