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ROAD FUNDING

Senator Panizza, pursuant to notice, moved--That the Senate--

(a) condemns the Government for cutting road funding to Western

Australia, especially to national highways, where Western

Australia has 25 per cent of the national highway system and yet

only receives 7 per cent of the funding;

(b) notes that:

(i) Western Australia contributes 10 per cent of federal

fuel levies, or $780 million annually, but receives

only $150 million from the Commonwealth in return, and

(ii) this lack of funding over the past few years has led to

the Eyre Highway being cut for almost a week; and

(c) calls on the Government to increase road funding in Western

Australia to a figure commensurate with what Western Australia

pays in levies and its contribution to national export income.

Debate ensued.

Documents: Senator Crane, by leave, tabled the following documents:

Road funding--Western Australia--Copies of--

Graphs entitled--

Real road funding ($m) constant 1993-94 prices.

Real road funding and petroleum products excise ($m) constant

1993-94 prices.

Road funding and petroleum products excise ($m).

Tables entitled "Road funding and petroleum products excise' and

"Road funding and petroleum products excise--constant 1993-94

prices'.

Debate continued.

Question put and passed.

General Business concluded.