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Thursday, 27 November 2014
Page: 9499


Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (11:59): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the New South Wales Government has decided to stop train services in Newcastle on Boxing Day 2014, with heavy rail services to Wickham, Civic and Newcastle stations scrapped,

(ii) the truncation of the rail line into Newcastle has been strongly opposed by the local community, and

(iii) the truncation will increase travel times for passengers travelling to and from Newcastle by up to 25 minutes and residents of the broader Hunter region will suffer as a direct rail connection into the heart of their regional centre is cut; and

(b) calls on:

(i) the New South Wales Government to reverse its decision to truncate the heavy rail line into Newcastle, and

(ii) the Federal Government to commit to investing in public transport infrastructure in regional Australia.

Question agreed to.