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Day two on the job and already misleading the Senate.



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Martin Ferguson MP

Shadow Minister for Urban and Regional Development Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

8 October 2003

DAY TWO ON THE JOB AND ALREADY

MISLEADING THE SENATE

The new Minister for Roads, Senator Ian Campbell, has already misled the Senate by refusing to correct the record on his false claims about the Peel Deviation in Western Australia.

In response to his first Dorothy Dixer, Senator Campbell claimed yesterday that the West Australian Minister for Transport had refused to pursue the planning requirements for the Peel Deviation.

He said that his Government “had asked the State Government to pursue all the planning requirements for the Peel Deviation and the Minister has refused to do that”.

Ironically, as Mr Campbell was on his feet, his senior Minister was telling me that the WA Roads Department had advised that the planning activities associated with the Peel Deviation had already been completed.

Mr Anderson confirmed that the WA Government has ensured that the Peel Deviation reserve had been set aside, detailed environmental assessments and clearance has been granted, concept road designs have been completed, consultation is underway with the Aboriginal community about heritage clearance and that preliminary design work will commence this year.

Today, despite the facts showing Senator Campbell is wrong, he not once but twice refused to retract his earlier false claims and correct the record.

The Deputy Prime Minister also confirmed that there’s no money in the Federal Budget for the next four years for the Peel Deviation to be built as the Roads of National Importance program is fully spent.

Senator Campbell should immediately correct the record and apologise for his unwarranted slur on the West Australian Transport Minister.

No wonder the real Minister for Transport doesn’t want his new junior Minister anywhere near the roads portfolio.