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Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Page: 4966

Senator LUDLAM (Western AustraliaCo-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (16:11): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator LUDLAM: I recognise that Senator Fifield is sent in here with a brief by other ministers. He is not responsible for this portfolio but for the brief that they gave you to read, Senator Fifield, that said that this process has been robust and transparent, I could have called you out for misleading the chamber. The fact is that this is the least robust and transparent project assessment framework that I have ever come across. This project is worth somewhere between $1.6 billion and $2½ billion and it was signed off without the business case, traffic modelling, environmental impact assessment having been done, strategic impact assessment of the Perth and Peel Region being done or a benefit-cost analysis. The Prime Minister just said: 'Yes, this is the one that we are going to do. We are going to build this thing whether they like it or not.' And now Commonwealth bureaucrats and the state bureaucrats are left to try and come up with some kind of justification. The Perth Freight Link is a disaster. More than 30 community groups have mobilised to confront it and to stop it. We need some transparency and we need these documents to be put into the public domain. (Time expired)

Question agreed to.