Ms JODI McKAY ( Strathfield ) ( 15:33 ): I thank the member for Kiama for his energetic performance. He can sit down for a while now while the red drains from his face. I want to talk about the northern beaches tunnel. Members opposite have been talking about the northern beaches tunnel for the past 25 years, so we think it is only fair that we discuss and debate it in the Parliament today. It has taken by-elections in Manly and North Shore to put the northern beaches tunnel on the infrastructure agenda. We had the infrastructure Premier with her hard hat and fluoro vest, which she often wears, out there announcing it. Of course, her announcement was somewhat spoiled by the member for North Shore, who delayed her resignation until she had released her glossy, expensive newsletter so that she could tell her constituency she was the one responsible for the northern beaches tunnel.
Some key questions need to be asked and answered in regard to the northern beaches tunnel. The Government has the chance to tell us the answer to some questions—and this is why it needs to be debated. The first question is: how much will this tunnel cost? Nobody knows. The second question is: how will it be funded? Nobody knows that either. The third question is: when will it be constructed? The member for Wakehurst does not know. When will it be opened? That is right—nobody knows. When will the geotechnical work be completed? When will the business case be released? When will the environmental impact statement [EIS] be released? Will there be a toll concession agreement for 40 to 60 years? Nobody knows.
These are critically important questions to be answered when building infrastructure. Right now we have no answers. We know the northern beaches tunnel has caused significant angst within the party room because the member for Cronulla does not want the tunnel to be funded. He has been writing to say, "Please don't fund the tunnel". Has anyone noticed that the member for Davidson has suddenly come alive? He has woken up. Why? Because he missed out on Cabinet. The member for Davidson is suddenly awake, banging on doors and advocating for his community. He did something about a drone, he has written op-eds—all because he missed out on a Cabinet position. He wants this tunnel but the member for Cronulla does not. It is important that this issue is debated in the House today because there are critical questions that the Government needs to answer. [Time expired.]
The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The question is that the motion of the member for Kiama be accorded priority.