Pam Beggs

Pam Beggs

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    Opposition 'Project Perth' a rehash of Govt initiative

    4/02/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    The Opposition's `Project Perth' concept was nothing more than a direct steal from the Government's `City Challenge' initiative last year, Transport Minister Pam Beggs said today.
     
    "It is incredible that two days before an election the Opposition can pick up on Labor's policies and promote them as their own," she said.
     
    "It really shows that the Opposition does not have a vision but has to resort to plagiarism in an effort to cover up its deficiencies."
     
    Mrs Beggs said the Government already had taken steps to implement several of the issues raised in the Opposition's plan.
     
    These included allowing private coaches to use the busport, improving Perth's public transport network, implementing a review of Perth's pedestrian ways and public open spaces, sponsoring concerts in the inner city, stiffer penalties for graffiti and vandalism and establishing a working party in conjunction with the Perth City Council to explore the feasibility of sinking the railway line through the CBD.
     
    "As well, we have announced our intention to introduce late-night train services in the months leading up to the introduction of 0.05 blood-alcohol limit, which will mean more people will be able to come into the city without the risk of drink-driving," Mrs Beggs said.
     
    "The Labor Government also initiated the free travel zone within the city on buses and trains, introduced progressive heritage legislation that will preserve the city's historical features, and initiated a study to see how much more use can be made of the Swan and Canning Rivers as commuter networks."
     
    The Minister said the Opposition still had not explained how it would make up the $44 million dollar hole it proposed to punch in Transperth's budget through cutting its subsidy from the fuel franchise levy.
     
    "It is quite clear Mr Court proposes to increase bus, train and ferry fares dramatically to cover his promises," she said.
     
    "His only alternative is to slash some of Transperth's services, which will have the biggest impact on young people and the elderly."