Bishop is night’s star attraction
PROTESTERS against the Perth Freight Link (PFL) were the only sign of disgruntlement when Curtin MHR Julie Bishop’s Federal Election campaign launch brought Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and WA Premier Colin Barnett together at the Cottesloe Beach Hotel last week.
Critics of the PFL say Canberra’s $1.2 billion contribution to the proposed $1.9 billion truck toll road from the Roe Highway to East Fremantle is wasted money, especially as a new port at Kwinana has been planned for about 30 years.
“You know it’s a WA Government-sponsored project?” Mr Turnbull said, when asked by the Western Suburbs Weekly what it would take for the Federal Government to review its support for the contentious road.
“It’s a project where the proponent is the Government of WA and we’re supporting that.”
At the launch, Mr Turnbull praised Mr Barnett, whose State Government’s decline in opinion polls has been linked to his absence from Federal Election campaigning in WA.
“This state has been so well led because it is transitioning successfully,” Mr Turnbull said.
Mr Barnett thanked Ms Bishop and thanked her for her response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
“You led Australia’s response and you led the world’s outrage,” Mr Barnett said.
Julie Bishop, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Premier Colin Barnett at Ms Bishop’s campaign launch.