Pam Beggs

Pam Beggs

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    Opposition stand on SW metro corridor railway contradictory

    23/09/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    The Opposition appeared committed to scrapping the South-West metropolitan corridor railway contrary to its own policy, Transport Minister Pam Beggs said today.
     
    "Liberal transport spokesman Richard Lewis has confirmed his party's opposition to the railway, even though his Fightback WA policy supports modern rapid rail between a proposed satellite city in Mandurah and Perth," Mrs Beggs said.
     
    "His stand also runs contrary to Liberal Mandurah MLA Roger Nicholls, who has been a staunch supporter of the rail link."
     
    Mrs Beggs said public planning in the southern corridor would be set back at least a decade if the Fremantle-Rockingham-Mandurah railway was scrapped.
     
    "The Labor Government has been implementing an integrated transport policy that aims at efficiency and economy," she said.
     
    "We are encouraging a balance between public transport and private car use by dramatically upgrading and extending the metropolitan rail system as well as continuing extensions to key road links including the Kwinana Freeway.
     
    "By advocating private car use rather than efficient and environmentally clean public transport, Mr Lewis has shown he is completely out of touch with transport and environmental planning.
     
    "To describe an initiative which is in tune with world thinking on public transport, environmental concern and other urban issues as a political stunt is merely a reflection of the Opposition's policy poverty.
     
    "The Liberals have learnt nothing since their disastrous decision to close the Perth-Fremantle railway."
     
    Mrs Beggs said Mr Lewis also should explain what he meant by referring to a `destination few people want to visit'.
     
    "He should be more specific about which destination he is insulting - Fremantle, Rockingham or Mandurah or perhaps all of them," she said.