Thursday, September 22, 2011

WA government spends $16m on controversial gas hub - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

WA government spends $16m on controversial gas hub - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Western Australian Government has spent $16 million on the proposed Kimberley gas hub, before the project has been signed off by the companies involved and received environmental approvals.

The figures were released in state parliament in response to questions by Greens MP Robin Chapple.

The break-down shows that in the past three years, the government has spent $16 million on legal advice, salaries and consultants and more than $100,000 on public relations material promoting the gas hub.

The biggest costs will come in the current financial year, when the government is due to pay out almost $65 million, mainly paying out the native title deal that has been struck.

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