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More disappointing delays with the National Rail Corporation



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MEDIA RELEASE *7cm. 0 pt&cA&t 7K.P. LEADER OF THE NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

SHADOW MINISTER FOR ENERGY AND RESOURCES MEMBER FOR FARRER

Enquiries Parliament House Canberra, A.C.T. 2600. Phone (06) 277 4058 Fax (06) 277 2052

MORE DISAPPOINTING DELAYS WITH THE NATIONAL RAIL CORPORATION

Once again, the Western Australian State Parliament has failed to pass National Rail Corporation legislation - and the NRC has been effectively derailed before it even starts.

Federal Leader of the National Party, Tim Fischer, said this today at Broken Hill after talks with Broken Hill Council over the Indian Pacific rail corridor.

"Originally, the NRC was to commence operations on 1 July 1991 and then on 1 July 1992 - namely, tomorrow.

"Whilst an interim board has been set up, no complementary legislation has yet passed. In the case of Western Australia, it cannot now pass until that Parliament resumes sitting on 25 August."

Headquarters

On top of this, the NRC has made a decision to split its

headquarters three ways! Adelaide, Melbourne and Parramatta.

"I hope this curious decision will work out well but this

remains to be seen, especially as the NRC needs strong

leadership to drive rail reform along.

"There is a strong future for rail in Australia, but only if rail boosts its productivity and gets fair treatment from Government."

Mr Fischer added that the Coalition 'Fightbackl' package will provide a $258 million 'shot in the arm' for rail, with the

abolition of payroll tax and diesel fuel excise taxes.

30 June 1992

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