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Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Page: 7654


Senator MOORE (Queensland) (15:41): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator MOORE: Labor was not consulted on the wording of this motion. In fact, the coalition cut $2 billion from infrastructure project funding between the 2014 and 2015 budgets, including over $1 billion this year. Labor strongly supports proper assessment of project business cases and notes the hypocrisy of this motion, given the government's failure to properly assess East West Link, WestConnex and Perth freight link prior to allocating funds. The federal Labor government supported the highly-successful stage one of the Gold Coast light rail, which the coalition then opposed. Labor welcomes the decision of the current government to fund public transport projects. It is now the time for action after two lost years.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Canavan be agreed to.