WA rail: ‘It’s not a bidding war’

Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, has announced his party will inject an extra $150 million into the Metronet train line construction project.

Mr Shorten says Labor’s tough economic reform measures have allowed them to propose an investment of $350 million more than the current Liberal Government.

The Labor leader played down suggestions of a bidding war over rail with the Liberals, claiming he wants to reinstate his vision for Australian manufacturing, the Australian rail industry and Australian apprenticeships.

The Premier and Opposition Leader tour Nowergup rail depot. Photo: Bonnie Meacock.

“This isn’t a bidding war and I’m sorry if that’s the takeout you took,” he said.

“Australia is a railway nation, Australia is a manufacturing nation and Australia is a tradie nation but you need a Government in Canberra that gets it.

“West Australia deserves its fair share, West Australians pay their taxes to Canberra and they should see a reinvestment in their state’s public transport system,” said Shorten.

Mr Shorten announced Labor will inject $50 million into the train carriage manufacturing facility near Midland as he wanted to ensure the “West is getting the best.”

Maintaining he’s opposed to the importation of carriages built overseas, Mr Shorten said Labor is committed to the growth of WA, to more jobs and to the decongestion of roads as main priority.

“World class cities have world-class public transport,” Mr Shorten said.

WA Premier, Mark McGowan, couldn’t be happier with the additional financial contribution towards the Metronet manufacturing project.

“I want to emphasise that this is a massive boost for Western Australia, it’s a huge boost to our Metronet and shows a strong commitment to our state.

“246 carriages will be manufactured in Perth and join the existing Metronet train line, creating even more jobs and lowering unemployment rates,” said the Premier.

Shorten believes Western Australia will become a manufacturing hub, generating an ongoing pipeline for future work.