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Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Page: 194

High-Speed Rail

(Question No. 1734)

Ms McGowan asked the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, in writing, on 15 October 2015:

Further to his answer to my question without notice on high speed rail (House Hansard , 24 February 2015, page 1094), did he receive a written response from each state that he wrote to; if so, (a) what commitment (if any) did each state make to his request for discussions, and (b) in light of the replies from the states, what action is the Government taking to progress the acquisition or reservation of the corridor.

Mr Truss: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

1. All of the jurisdictions responded to the letter and agreed to work together on high speed rail (HSR) issues.

(a) Overall, jurisdictions are supportive of HSR and are willing to discuss the next steps, including corridor issues.

(b) The Department has coordinated a consultation process with jurisdictions on HSR issues. Officials have been working together to identify priority areas of the corridor, and are seeking to protect them through State and Territory planning mechanisms.