SOUTH Australia's Labor administration has threatened to take legal action against a Tony Abbott government over its plan to dump a state rail project.
Budget documents released by the Coalition revealed plans to scrap $4.6 billion in public transport funding, including $31.5 million in federal funding committed towards upgrading the Tonsley rail line.
South Australian Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis yesterday likened the cuts to a "declaration of war".
"Unlike the rest of the states who support Mr Abbott's cuts to infrastructure, he's in for a fight in South Australia," Mr Koutsantonis said.
"This state government will not go down quietly.
"We're going to fight for these jobs, we're going to fight for this investment in public transport."
The government would seek advice on its legal avenues to overturn the Coalition's commitment to cut the funding because contracts with suppliers were signed before the election was announced, he said.
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Good luck to them. Hopefully this helps force Mr. Abbot to begin funding urban rail projects.