Page 858 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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to step up.” Just how much do you need them to step up? And if they do not step up, are you saying that the project will not proceed?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Parton for the question. The project, in all of its stages—first and 2A—has had commonwealth funding. They have been partners in both the delivery of the project, and of course, importantly, commonwealth agencies have largely had the planning approval processes within their purview.

We have received support from coalition federal governments for the project, and we look forward to receiving further support for further stages of light rail from the current commonwealth government and, over time, from future commonwealth governments. It is not unusual for there to be federal, state and territory partnerships on large-scale infrastructure.

MR PARTON: Chief Minister, how much will it cost to get the tram to Woden from where it is now? Can you give us a ballpark figure, please?

MR BARR: The pre-election budget update, prior to the 2020 election, put forward the indicative costings. Clearly, we have already, through stage 2A, progressed the project beyond that point. There has been some cost escalation in the infrastructure market—

Opposition members interjecting

MR BARR: Madam Speaker?

MADAM SPEAKER: Members!

MR BARR: The market evolves from year to year. The timing of approaching the market for a procurement and the type of procurement and procurement methodology will clearly impact upon the final cost. We have had a period of quite extensive inflation.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members!

MR BARR: We have also had a period of very strong revenue growth.

MR HANSON: Chief Minister, will you re-direct even more millions of dollars from roads, housing and health to fund the tram project?

MR BARR: The government’s infrastructure program will deliver across all asset classes. That is what good governments have to do. You can do more than one thing, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: Can you?

MR BARR: You’re not capable of that.


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