Labor has turned to theatrics in a bid to ensure the Liberals’ unfulfilled public transport pledges involving Ellenbook remain fresh in voters’ minds when they head to the polls tomorrow.
The party enlisted glum-looking passengers to sit in a horse-drawn carriage with a sign reading “Colin Barnett’s Ellenbrook Express” to parade in front of media in Noranda this morning.
The stunt follows the Liberals’ refusal this week to commit to a rapid transit bus service, which they once touted as justification for junking their 2008 election pledge to build a rail line to Ellenbrook.
Labor Leader Mark McGowan said: “Today I’m making the symbolic but light-hearted point that Mr Barnett’s plans for transport in WA don’t exist”.
Seizing on revelations that the Liberals have budgeted for the Commonwealth to pay for 80 per cent of its promised airport rail line and $3 billion of its $4.8 billion public transport plan, Mr McGowan said that plan was “illusory”.
“Mr Barnett’s plans are as good as having a horse and cart,” he said.
“They are dependent on $3 billion of federal money on which we have no assurance that that money will be available, in fact it won’t be available.
“We saw Mr Barnett promise before the last election a rail line to Ellenbrook, we then saw him promise a bus line to Ellenbrook. Now the people of Ellenbrook are neither.”
Mr McGowan said it was “absolutely extraordinary” that the Liberals only revealed how much federal money they were seeking on the day before election eve after “fraudulently” campaigning on their promises being fully costed and fully funded.
Making his final pitch to WA voters, Mr McGowan returned to a key election theme of contrasting his youth and energy to Mr Barnett, who he said had flagged retirement in the next term, despite the premier’s insistence he would serve full term.
“If elected, I’ll premier for everyone,” Mr McGowan said.
“I’ll work as hard as I can. I’ll make sure we have real plans based on the priorities of the people of the State.“I will always listen and I’ll be there for the long haul. It’s incredibly important for WA to have someone who will be there for the long haul to carry out the plans and promises they put to the people.”
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