Mixed reaction to railway takeover deal

13/06/2018 Posted by admin

(2/2)THE Tasmanian public has been left to pick up the pieces after the State Government yesterday confirmed the takeover of the State’s rail network, the Opposition says. Bass Liberal MHA Peter Gutwein said that although the Liberal Party was pleased the use of rail would continue in the state, he had doubts about the Government’s ability to operate the system. “No terms or conditions have been put into this sale and people want to know how this is going to affect them,” Mr Gutwein said. “No money was allocated in last week’s budget for the purchase of rail in Tasmania.” Pending approval, the Government will take ownership from November 30. While Mr Gutwein believed that rail was a vital part of the Tasmanian infrastructure, he said that the breakdown in the relationship between Asciano, the parent company of Pacific National, and the State Government was something that should have been addressed long ago. “It is vital that the Tasmanian public are informed of the intentions of the State Government as soon as possible,” Mr Gutwein said. Tasmania’s peak employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomed yesterday’s resolution. TCCI executive chairman Andrew Scobie said the agreement would provide an interim solution to the crisis. “We need to protect the way of life for Tasmanian families through providing the best possible environment to conduct business,” Mr Scobie said. Greens infrastructure spokesman Tim Morris said the critical point for the rail network in Tasmania was to get the north-south line running and prevent the closure of the West Coast line.
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