State threatens to sue Coalition over funding cuts to rail project

 

News article: State threatens to sue Coalition over funding cuts to rail project

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.

  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
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.
State threatens to sue Coalition over funding cuts to rail project


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Good luck to them. Hopefully this helps force Mr. Abbot to begin funding urban rail projects.

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  fabricator Chief Commissioner

Location: Gawler
Why would anyone cancel the money for an extremely minor project worth just $31.5 million, that is actually under construction anyway ?

There is no way this will force Mr. Abbot to begin funding urban rail projects, the predicted 10 green members in the upper house on the other hand....
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Looks like the state government can't tell the difference between a proper commitment (federal money allocated) and a campaign pledge (federal money to be allocated at the next budget after the election) announced at the same time as the last budget before an unwinnable election.

They'll lose.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Construction of infrastructure is urgently needed.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Indeed, that's why the State went ahead with the project without waiting to see if the Gillard regime would be in office long enough to make good on their pledge for the future budget.
  X Class Locomotive Driver

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Good luck to them. Hopefully this helps force Mr. Abbot to begin funding urban rail projects.
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Why is public transport development not seen as major infrastructure projects?

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