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Last year, this group suffered an unprecedented attack from the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan.
Below is the transcript from Hansard:
Ms ALLAN — I am sure the National Party love it when the Liberal Party try and help them out on these matters. The Leader of the National Party has repeated some claims that have been made by the Rail Revival Alliance. The Rail Revival Alliance have been making a number of claims about this project that have proven to be incorrect. It is disappointing: the Leader of the National Party perhaps should have sought a briefing on the project and a briefing on the claims. Given his previous bipartisan support for the project, he might have wanted to check whether the Rail Revival Alliance were not just peddling another bunch of inaccurate claims about this project.
The RRAV was accused of peddling a "bunch of inaccurate claims about the Murray Basin Project." And that the RRAV claims about the project have been proven incorrect.
This attach was made under parliamentary privilege
The Rail Revival Alliance made claims relating to the shoddy workmanship, destruction of essential infrastructure along the line including ripping up of the Maryborough yards, the use of second hand rail, the lack of consultation with industry and community groups and the over abysmal management of the project from day one. It has failed to meet its most basic project targets.
Well the time has come for the Minister to to apologise to this group. We were not peddling incorrect claims nor making inaccurate claims about Murray Basin.
The project is far from complete, it has run out of money and is now being investigated by the Auditor General
It is time for the mismanagement of this project to to be accepted by the appropriate Minister, Jacinta Allan. And we are waiting for the apology.
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