Bishop pledges to connect Curtin

The deputy leader of the Opposition said the Coalition would introduce the National Broadband Network (NBN) cheaper and faster than Labor, which would skip Curtin suburbs in its roll-out.

The NBN is already installed in one stage of the Floreat Perry Lakes development and is underway in another.

Labor candidate Daryl Tan said the NBN would deliver high-speed internet to families, schools and businesses in Curtin, but a Coalition roll-out would leave people with second-rate, old copper infrastructure unless they paid a premium price.

Greens candidate Judith Cullity said her party supported the NBN at a public, transparent, fast and unfiltered level.

‘The Coalition’s plan for Fibre to Node will be of the order 10 times slower but only save of the order of half the cost,’ Ms Cullity said.

‘The Greens support the business model that sees the cities subsidise the bush.’

On funding for light rail, Ms Bishop said her government would fund 80 per cent of major infrastructure such as roads and rail, leaving state governments with more money for light rail, despite Premier Colin Barnett vowing to secure federal funding for the MAX light-rail tram route network to UWA during his election campaign earlier this year.

‘The states will run light rail, own the line and employ the workers,’ she said.

‘It’s a clearer line of responsibilities.’

Mr Tan said Labor understood the importance of investing in road and rail to ease congestion in a metropolitan city like Perth.

Ms Cullity said the Greens had already presented a light-rail plan and believed such a big investment needed to be completed in a partnership between state and federal governments.

During this campaign, the Liberal Party has maintained its position against same-sex marriage, but Ms Bishop said she would support the party if its view changed once in power.

However, Mr Tan and Ms Cullity said they would support same-sex marriage.