Parliamentary Speech: Fighting for the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation

House of Representatives 

Wednesday 29 November 2023

18 months ago, the Australian people elected a Labor government—to be led by this Prime Minister.


And many Australians put their trust in Labor.


But all we see—time and time again—is Labor turning its back on ordinary people.


Including people in my electorate of Canning.


In my community is the proud historic town of Pinjarra.


It’s one of WA’s best towns.


The pride of Peel.


But there is a danger that runs through the town centre every single day.


More than 690 heavy haulage trucks thunder through Pinjarra every day.


And—as our region continues to grow—that number will continue to rise.


Back in 2017, a whopping 84% of the Shire of Murray’s electors voted yes in a referendum for a deviation, which would divert hundreds of trucks away from the centre of town every day.


When I go to the people of Canning with a commitment, I deliver.


And, with their support, I secured $200 million from the former Coalition government for this project—the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation.


But one year ago—in a stunning betrayal—Labor slammed the brakes on this project.


They pushed back funding for Stage 1 and 2 of the Deviation.


At the time I wrote:


Are they kicking it into the long grass, so they can quietly cut it?


True to form, those opposite shamefully axed this critical local project many in my community support.


The people of Canning cannot trust this government.


They cannot trust this Prime Minister.


I make this guarantee to my community.


I won’t rest until the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation is built.

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