Promise broken: Labor

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan launched a campaign in the Mirrabooka electorate claiming constituents were �hoodwinked, misled and lied to� by the Barnett State Government.

The Barnett government project envisioned a 22km system that would extend from Mirrabooka through to the Perth CBD with stops along Dianella Road, Alexander Drive and at Edith Cowan University Mt Lawley campus.

Mr Nalder said the public was already made aware of the delay in the light rail project.

He said in 2013, former Treasurer and Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced a three-year delay in the project in response to the financial climate.

Mr Nalder said he used this delay time to ask the Department of Transport to consider interim or alternate proposals to ensure best use of the available funds, including a light rail or bus option.

�In the May 2015 Budget, the State Government announced a $40 million package to address the management of traffic across Perth�s road network to improve traffic flow and traveller information,� he said.

Mr McGowan said Perth�s congestion would be worse than Sydney.

�It is extraordinary and disturbing that Perth is going to be the congestion capital of Australia within a few decades,� he said.

�We are launching a campaign around the electorates of the northern suburbs to make sure everyone here understands that Mr Barnett and the Liberal Party got people�s votes on a false pretence.�

When the Stirling Times asked Mr Nalder if he was concerned Mr McGowan�s campaign would lose the Liberal Party support in the next election, he did not comment.

According to the MAX Light Rail project website, the State Government is committed to delivering the project in full. The revised timeframe sees procurement from mid 2017, construction commence in 2019, and first services running late 2022.