Murdock makes rail promise
LIKELY National Party candidate for the federal seat of Richmond, Tania Murdock has moved to get her campaign back on track with her first election promise – getting the closed Casino to Murwillumbah rail line “back on the federal agenda”.
Mrs Murdock drafted in sons Mitchell, 8, and Jordan, 11, to help get her campaign back on the rails, posing with them outside the former Murwillumbah railway station.
Although she still needs official National Party endorsement to stand against sitting Labor MP Justine Elliot, Mrs Murdock wasted no time in attacking her political rival, saying Mrs Elliot had failed to honour a “$150 million pre-election promise to bring back trains to our own region”.
“If local Nationals endorse me (on December 6), the first conversation I will be having with Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull and Nationals leader Warren Truss will be about securing a federal commitment to re-opening our rail line and planning the missing link to the Gold Coast,” Mrs Murdock said.
“The Rudd Government has committed $365 million to light rail on the Gold Coast, but nothing for our own rail line.”
“To add insult to injury the Gold Coast rail project was actually launched in July by our own Richmond Labor MP Justine Elliot.
Mrs Murdock said Opposition federal MPs on the Gold Coast had secured rail funding, while the NSW North Coast which is represented by two Labor MPs had received nothing.
Mrs Elliot yesterday said it was the NSW Government which closed the rail link in 2004 and “it’s their responsibility to commit to re-opening it”.