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25 September 2015

The Wilkie Report September 2015

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09 October 2015

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It’s time - beyond time - for light rail in Hobart

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will join the Hobart Northern Suburbs Railway action group, and the Mayors of Hobart and Glenorchy, at a public lecture tonight to once again call for the restoration of passenger rail in the greater Hobart area.

“A northern suburbs light rail between Hobart and Bridgewater would be a cost-effective, efficient and environmentally friendly way to address Hobart’s transport problems,” Mr Wilkie said.

“It would ease the pressure on the road network and make getting to work, school and health services easier and cheaper for thousands of Tasmanians.

“But despite all of the merits of this proposal, we’ve seen nothing from a succession of State Governments except talk and hollow rhetoric. And the current Liberal State Government appears to have abandoned the idea altogether.

“I once again call on the State Government to listen to experts like Professor Newman as well as the community and submit a funding proposal to Canberra.

“This is now more important than ever seeing as new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has expressed a strong personal interest in rail and making cities more liveable.”

A northern suburbs light rail would feature modern electric vehicles on the existing rail corridor between Hobart and Bridgewater. Travel time between Hobart and Bridgewater would be less than 30 minutes by express service.

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08 October 2015

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A statement regarding the possible bribery of politicians

This afternoon I referred to a range of Commonwealth and New South Wales agencies allegations of poker machine industry bribery of Members of Parliament.

Serious crimes could have been committed by a number of people according to revelations on the ABC TV 7.30 program on Tuesday 6 October. I am referring the matter to multiple agencies because the circumstances are now so unclear there is doubt over exactly which jurisdiction and investigative body is most relevant given all of the claims, counter-claims and altered testimonies.

Peter Garrett is a credible witness and his initial claim of being offered a bribe by the poker machine industry carries great weight. Equally relevant is the history of the pokies industry in Australia which is littered with episodes of unscrupulous behaviour. In my opinion for them to be going around bribing politicians wouldn’t surprise me at all.

Even more worrying is the suggestion on 7.30 that a number of federal and state politicians have accepted, or at least been offered, bribes by the poker machine industry. If this is true then there is a systemic scandal of enormous proportions. Without an official investigation we seem unlikely to get to the bottom of what is potentially a most serious matter.

Copies of the letters to the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption, Australian Electoral Commission and the NSW Electoral Commission are attached.

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