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17    Transport—New South Wales—Newcastle Heavy Rail Line

Senator Rhiannon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 860—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   a New South Wales parliamentary inquiry has recommended that rail services and infrastructure that have been removed from the Newcastle heavy rail line be immediately reinstated, and

                 (ii)   the rail line closure would be a public transport disaster for the Hunter region and for New South Wales, with patronage significantly lower since services were stopped at Hamilton in 2014; and

    (b)   calls on:

                  (i)   the Federal Government to commit to funding public transport infrastructure in New South Wales, and

                 (ii)   the New South Wales Government to reverse its decision to truncate the heavy rail line into Newcastle.

Question put and passed.