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TASMANIA'S Sustainable Transport Minister Nick McKim is standing by his commitment for light rail to Hobart's northern suburbs despite criticism from the federal independent member for Denison Andrew Wilkie.
Mr Wilkie said the Tasmanian Greens were not being fair dinkum about restoring passenger rail between Hobart and the northern suburbs.
"The Tasmanian Greens are all talk and no action on light rail," Mr Wilkie said.
"The party promises to bring back passenger trains, is in the balance of power and holds the sustainable transport ministry no less.
"But then it apparently goes into Cabinet and signs off on a wish list to Infrastructure Australia that does not include the project."
Mr Wilkie's comments were yesterday slammed by Mr McKim and federal Greens Denison candidate Anna Reynolds.
"Mr Wilkie claims to have delivered hundreds of millions of dollars into Denison but he has failed to deliver a single red cent for a light rail system," Mr McKim said.
"The reason a light rail submission has not yet been made to the Commonwealth is because I am having the business case reviewed, as requested by the Northern Suburbs Light Rail Group."
He said consultation was ongoing and a final report was expected by the end of the year.
This article first appeared on www.themercury.com.au
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