Interstate rail link 'secret'

THE State Government will be forced to release a 'secret' report into potential rail links between northern NSW and south-east Queensland after all opposition parties united in parliament to compel them to do so.

A spokeswoman for Transport Minister David Campbell initially said yesterday the reason the Cross Border Transport Task Force Final Report had not been publicly released was because it was only completed in the past month and had not yet been handed to the minister.

But a letter from the Ministry of Transport dated July 30, 2008, denying a Nationals request for the report under freedom of information laws because it was marked cabinet in confidence, shows it had been finished before that date.

The spokeswoman was then forced to admit the report was finished 'some time' last year.

The government has been sitting on the report, which canvasses existing transport links and potential rail links between northern NSW and south-east, ever since.

Although Mr Campbell's office said it had not received a copy as yet.

“It has not come to our office yet, Twe are expecting it some time in the next few days,” a spokeswoman said.

The government will be forced to table the report, which is just three pages long, in parliament in the next two weeks.



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