May 26, 2010

Nats walk away from their North Coast rail line promise

Nats walk away from their North Coast rail line promise

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 26 2010

In less than four weeks the Federal Opposition has abandoned its promise to reopen the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line, exposing the dishonesty of the recent statements from senior members of the National Party.

Documents released last week by the Shadow Finance Minister Andrew Robb confirm the re-establishment of passenger rail service on the North Coast is NOT a commitment the Liberal and National parties will honour if elected later this year – see attachment.

According to Mr Robb, the promise made by the National Party and its candidate for Richmond Tania Murdoch has “been discontinued.”

Earlier this month, the Northern Star (07/05/10, p3) declared:

“A Federal Coalition government would reopen the Casino-Murwillumbah rail line for light rail … according to National Party leaders.”

We now know this “promise” was a sham, yet further proof the Nationals have been treating North Coast residents like mugs: telling them one thing to their faces while knowing they will never be able to honour the undertakings they give.

Once again, the Nationals have been caught out over promising and under delivering – no wonder they currently represent the fewest number of regional electorates in the Federal Parliament.