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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3158

Mr Wallis asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 26 October 1977:

Has his attention been drawn to the concern that exists among railway employees at Peterborough, South Australia, regarding future railway activities in that town. If so, will he give a categorical assurance to those employees that the Peterborough railway activities will continue ensuring the future employment opportunities of employees in that town.

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

My attention has not been previously drawn to the concern which exists among railway employees in Peterborough, South Australia regarding future railway activities in the town. The Australian National Railways Commission has yet to assume operational control of the nonmetropolitan South Australian railways. When the Commission assumes this control, it will be giving more detailed consideration to the rationalisation of railway activities relating to South Australia.

In this connection, I mention also that I received only a few days ago a report by a joint Commonwealth/State committee of officials on the proposed closure of the Peterborough to Quorn and Gladstone to Wilmington branch lines. This report is presently being examined.

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