Bishop is night’s star at­trac­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Julie Bishop, Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull and Premier Colin Bar­nett at Ms Bishop’s cam­paign launch.

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