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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 2263

Mr Calwell asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice: - (1) What is the present position in regard to the proposed railway link between Yass and Canberra.

(2)   Has any date been set for the commencement of the project.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) As a result of the recently completed Bureau of Transport Economics economic evaluation of a proposed railway line between Canberra and Yass, the proposal was not found to be economically justified. Accordingly there is no plan to proceed any further with the project since it is Government policy that funds will only be pro,vided for those railway projects where it can be demonstrated that the expected benefits exceed the costs involved in their construction.

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