Rural Rail Safety

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SubjectsRailways; Railway Safety; Bridges
SpeakersStoner Mr Andrew; Knowles Mr Craig
BusinessQuestions Without Notice
Commentary Stoney Creek Rail Bridge

Page: 192

    Mr STONER: My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport Services. Given the obviously dangerous condition of the Stoney Creek rail bridge near Wauchope and numerous other rail bridges on the North Coast, how can the Minister guarantee the safety and reliability of passenger and freight services throughout country New South Wales?

    Mr KNOWLES: The first point I make is that whatever this Government can guarantee, it is $120 million more than the Opposition would be able to guarantee because $120 million disappeared from the costings the Opposition submitted to KPMG just before the election. I will do two things: I will speak to the Minister for Transport Services to find out whether the scope of his comprehensive announcement yesterday related to this particular matter. If it did not, I will ask the Minister to provide further advice on this issue.