Electrifying the belair train line

31 March 2021

Mr DULUK (Waite) (15:26): Supplementary to the minister: Does the government have any plans to electrify the Belair train service?

The Hon. C.L. WINGARD (Gibson—Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing) (15:27): I thank the member for the question. He would note that we are actually electrifying the Gawler line at the minute; that is where the focus is and that is where the focus will remain. This is a project that the previous government had on and off more times than I care to remember.

Members interjecting:

The SPEAKER: Order!

The Hon. C.L. WINGARD: What they did to the people of the north, the way that the Labor Party when in government in South Australia treated the people in the north, was appalling. They promised it, they stopped it, they promised it again—

Members interjecting:

The SPEAKER: Members on my right!

The Hon. C.L. WINGARD: —more times than I could count.

The SPEAKER: The member for Waite rises on a point of order.

Mr DULUK: Relevance: my question was about the Belair line, not the Gawler line electrification.

The SPEAKER: I am listening carefully to the minister's answer. For the time being, I direct the minister to the question. The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport has the call.

The Hon. C.L. WINGARD: I thank the member for the question, which was about the electrification of the Belair line, and I outlined the fact that our focus is on electrifying the Gawler line at the moment, so there is not a consideration for the Belair line as we speak. We are focused on the Gawler line which, as I have outlined, is a very important project, one neglected by those opposite for too long a period of time. We are getting on and delivering the project for the good people of the north. We know that they have been teased for way too long by the former government, but we are a government that is getting on with it and delivering for the people of the north.