Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Grain Rail iT Matters

National Party can't be trusted on grain rail

Labor Statement

The National Party's 'position statement' on Western Australia's grain rail network is completely worthless unless their Liberal Party partners commit to keeping the Wheatbelt rail lines open, Shadow Transport Minster Ken Travers said today.

Mr Travers said the Nationals' plan to appoint and fund an independent entity to review and provide advice in relation to further investment in the grain rail network would not be needed if the party kept its promise from the last election to keep the lines open.

"National Party Leader Brendon Grylls was a member of the Cabinet that made the decision to close the Wheatbelt rail lines," Mr Travers said.

"Mr Grylls was a strong and vocal supporter of the Government's decision to close the lines.

"It's too late for the Nationals to pretend they are in opposition on this issue. They've been part of the decision-making process for the past four years.

"The claim that the Mr Grylls had kept grain rail on the Government agenda is absurd given it was his Government that made the decision to close Wheatbelt grain rail lines.

"His comments are an insult to groups like to Wheatbelt Rail Retention Alliance, who have run an award winning campaign against the Barnett-Grylls Government's bad decision.

"The Alliance should be applauded for its campaign, which has been supported by WA Labor from the outset.

"If the National Party wants to advocate in a meaningful way for the grain rail network, it must make a firm commitment to keep the rail lines open, with the support of its partners in the Liberal Party.

"It is too late for more reviews, the Liberal-National Government must not only commit but fund the retention of our grain rail network before they go into caretaker mode.

"The history of Liberal-National Governments in breaking rail promises after elections means nothing else can be believed."

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