Liberals Call For More Scrutiny Of Light Rail

Today the Canberra Liberals will move for increased public scrutiny of the ACT Labor government’s $614 million light rail project, by referring it to additional Assembly public hearings, Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.

“The Canberra Liberals will move to require the Minister and senior Capital Metro bureaucrats to come before public hearings of the Assembly’s Planning Committee four times per year,” Mr Coe said.

“This is a major project, with a huge scope for government and private sector work. It’s essential proper light is shed on the whole process.

“In other jurisdictions, such a project would be covered by a parliamentary public works committee. In the absence of such a committee in the ACT, the Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services Committee is the most appropriate body.

“Given the unprecedented and cost to Canberra taxpayers and ramifications of the light rail project, it is entirely appropriate to ask the Assembly to refer Capital Metro to further public scrutiny,” Mr Coe concluded.