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Message to McCormack: a photo op won't get Inland Rail back on track



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CATHERINE KING MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL

DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

MESSAGE TO MCCORMACK - A PHOTO OP WON’T GET INLAND RAIL BACK ON

TRACK

Why is Deputy Prime Minister McCormack holding a photo opportunity on Inland Rail instead

of sitting down with affected communities and listening to their legitimate concerns about the

project?

Labor supports Inland Rail. When in Government we invested $900 million to upgrade sections

of existing rail lines and advance planning work.

We are deeply concerned that this Federal Government has let Australians down on the

planning and financing arrangements of this project.

While Deputy Prime Minister McCormack pats himself on the back, we see farmer against

farmer, and community against community, in regards to a project that if delivered properly

would be a positive for their regions and the nation as a whole.

Inland Rail is at a critical point in its planning and construction timeframe. Yet the Federal

Government continues to act like there are no concerns at all.

With so much of the infrastructure portfolio delegated to Liberal colleagues, Inland Rail is

clearly the biggest project on the Deputy Prime Minister’s agenda. He must get this project

back on track.

Labor wants to see the Inland Rail project succeed - it is too big and too important for too

many regional communities.

Instead of holding photo opportunities and pretending everything is fine, the Deputy Prime

Minister must sit down with affected communities, hear their legitimate concerns and get Inland

Rail back on track.

FRIDAY, 30 AUGUST 2019

MEDIA CONTACT: MATTHEW NESHAM 0431 010 454

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.