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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 205

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 25 November 2008:

(1)   Is the Minister aware: (a) that developers in Newcastle are again campaigning to cut the city’s passenger rail service to Newcastle station; (b) of reports in the Newcastle media indicating that federal government assistance is being sought to do this via urban revitalisation funding through the Government’s major cities program; and (c) of any such approaches (formal or informal) to him or the department for such assistance.

(2)   Can the Minister assure the Senate and the people of Newcastle that federal government funding will not be provided to assist any project associated with cutting the Newcastle rail service.

Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The Australian Government has not yet considered the proposal.