Rail issue sleeper, Federal MP claims

WITH a change of Minister to the NSW Carr Government's Transport portfolio, there was hope in the community of a change in policy toward the disastrous closure of the Casino-Murwillumbah train service, a federal MP said yesterday.

Member for Page Ian Causley said the indication by the new Transport Minister, John Watkins, that he would not re-visit former Minister Michael Costa's decision to close the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line was a slap in the face for North Coast people.

"Furthermore, Neville Newell (Labor NSW) and Justine Elliot (Federal Member for Richmond) have proven themselves to be impotent Members of Parliament whose actions do not match their rhetoric," said.

He said that Justine Elliot's protestations about the line closure during last year's federal election campaign were obviously nothing more than hot air.

Mr Causley said that Federal National Party Leader, John Anderson, had repeatedly offered $30million to the NSW Labor Government to reopen the line, which was more than enough money, according to the independent report commissioned by Northern Rivers Regional Or- ganisation of Councils Inc.



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