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MEDIA RELEASE RAY BRAITHWAI T E M P

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"There is no difference of opinion between Mr Lusher and me," Ray Braithwaite,

Opposition Spokesman for Northern Development said today. "The Opposition's approach

to the future of ANL is entirely consistent.

"Mr Lusher has advocated the sale of ANL for two reasons: to improve its efficiency

and effectiveness through private enterprise, and to maintain the present service

instead of shrinking it.

"But Mr Morris' decision on ANL is one of making the North pay for ANL's inefficiencies

Mr Braithwaite said. .

"Labor knows that ANL is inefficient and costly, but does nothing about it other than

to give North Queensland two months notice of the closure of the service, and to

continue to subsidise depleted services to more favoured areas.

"Mr Morris has no intention of maintaining a service to North Queensland.

"ANL will still receive a $2 million subsidy this next year, on top of the $29 million

subsidy provided to Tasmania's Freight Equalisation Scheme.

"By contrast, the Opposition's approach is to put ANL on a sound entrepreneurial

footing, one which does not shrink services in order to maintain inefficiencies," Mr

Braithwaite said.

"Mr Morris has treated the North with utter contempt.

"As Transport Minister, he has reneged on the Darwin to Alice Springs railway, road

funding for 1984/85 has declined in real terms, he has indexed the Road Development

Levy without the proceeds going to road development, and now he seeks to remove the

only sea service to the North.

"Northern Australia is sick and tired of the Morris brand of transport economics,"

Mr Braithwaite said.

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