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Senior West Australian ministers have been accused by State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan of telling "barefaced lies" about the likelihood of cuts to train and bus services in coming years.
The Mid Year Review released last week revealed a funding cut to the Public Transport Authority (PTA) of almost $80 million over the next three years.
The PTA is one of six government agencies that will be subject to an Agency Expenditure Review in 2016, in response to the revised $3.1 billion deficit unveiled for 2015-16.
Mr McGowan said the cut was so big, the PTA would have no choice but to significantly reduce public transport services across Perth.
Last month, the Treasurer Mike Nahan and Transport Minister Dean Nalder rejected a report that claimed the PTA had been asked to find $30 million in annual savings for the next three years, placing weekend and late night train services in doubt.
"There have been no commitments to reductions. The idea of $30 million a year [in cuts] is, to my knowledge, plucked out of the air," Dr Nahan said at the time.
On the same day, Mr Nalder insisted transport services were not facing a hit.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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