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Bill Shorten says the funds will be provided if Labor wins the next federal election.

Shorten commits $700m to Perth rail line

Opposition leader Bill Shorten confirmed today that $700 million of federal money will be provided for a train line to Ellenbrook in Perth's north-east if Labor wins the next national election.

The money will be part of a $1.6 billion fund Mr Shorten committed to Western Australia earlier this year as a top-up for the lower share of GST it currently receives compared with other states.

The rail project is part of the McGowan government's $2.5 billion Metronet project, which significantly expands the city's rail network.

Premier Mark McGowan said construction on the project would get under way in 2019, with additional state funding to be allocated in future budgets.

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