Queensland pushes for 50-50 deal on rail project

Queensland pushes for 50-50 deal on rail project : The fight over funding for Brisbane’s $4.4 billion Cross River Rail project continues between the State and Federal Governments.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he is willing to negotiate with Queensland to secure a deal.

The project includes the construction of two tunnels under the CBD and Brisbane River and four new underground stations.

State Transport Minister Scott Emerson says the Federal Government has only committed to paying a quarter – and that is not enough.

“Kevin Rudd claims to be a Queenslander – well he’s got to stop short-changing Queensland,” Mr Emerson said.

“It’s a lot of talk from Kevin Rudd today – let’s see him be genuine and agree to a 50-50 deal.”

Mr Emerson says that is what the State Government has offered.

“I’m happy to sign that – that’s a genuine, fair offer from us.”

Robert Dow from the lobby group Rail Back on Track says urban rail and public transport will be a key battleground in the federal election.

The Federal Coalition has not committed to any funding for the project.


Source : ABC

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