First promise: Justine Elliot who first offered funds for the railway.
First promise: Justine Elliot who first offered funds for the railway.

Political train row continues

THE row over Federal funds to return State-run trains to the Murwillumbah rail line has both sides of politics steamed up again over broken promises.

Labor's Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese has accused the Federal Opposition of abandoning its promise to help fund re-opening of the line even though National Party candidate Tania Murdock has been running hard on that promise in recent weeks.

But Mrs Murdock has moved to ward off the criticism, saying she is continuing to fight for the return of trains, and it was Labor who first broke the promise on Federal funding.

Mr Albanese said documents released by shadow finance minister Andrew Robb confirmed re-establishment of the rail service was not a commitment the Liberal and National parties would honour.

He said it has taken less than four weeks for the Federal Opposition to ditch the promise made earlier this month by Mrs Murdock and other National Party figures.

“We now know this promise was a sham,” said Mr Albanese.

Mrs Murdock said it was Labor MP for Richmond Justine Elliot who two elections ago said she had brokered a $150 million deal between Canberra and Sydney to reopen the line.

Mrs Murdock said it was a promise Ms Elliot repeated in her maiden speech to Parliament, “but has failed to act on since”.

“The Nationals are fighting to bring back the trains Labor took away six years ago.”



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