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Sharp won't guarantee rail service



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SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT

LINDSAY TANNER MR FED ER A L M EMBER FOR M ELBO UNR E

Sharp Won't Guarantee Rail Services

The Federal Minister for Transport, Mr John Sharp, would not guarantee the ongoing operation of Australian National's services once they are privatised, the Shadow Minister for Transport, Mr Lindsay Tanner, said today.

"I asked the Minister in Question Time today to guarantee that existing Indian Pacific, Ghan and Overland services will continue. He declined to do so.

"I asked him in Question Time to guarantee that the Indian Pacific will continue to run through Broken Hill and western New South Wales. He declined.

"I asked him in Question Time to guarantee that rail freight services currently provided to a range of industries in Tasmania and South Australia will continue. He declined.

"The Government's rail reform package is about removing rail from the Commonwealth budget and selling off AN at fire-sale prices. The Minister has no interest in ensuring that rail services are delivered to regional communities throughout Australia.

5 December 1996

For further information contact Lindsay Tanner or Warren Mundy on (06) 277 4328.

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