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There are demands for NSW Transport Minister Michael Costa to give evidence to an Upper House inquiry into the axing of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line.
Hearings were held on the north coast and in Sydney last week, but the chair of the committee, Jenny Gardiner, says the inquiry needs to be extended because it has been given insufficient evidence on the closure.
Ms Gardiner says members are concerned about job security for northern rail employees, and gaps in evidence given by rail management.
She has accused Mr Costa of gagging the inquiry by not allowing rail workers to speak to the committee, and says the Minister must now front up and speak for them.
"We'll be calling the Minister Mr Costa before the inquiry to try to get some more specific information given that his senior managers don't seem to know how to answer basic questions," she said.
"In fact, I can tell you that we had in the chairman of the so-called ministerial working party and he could not tell us who was on the working party when it is to report or what it's terms of reference are, that's as recently as Friday - I just find it absolutely extraordinary."
A spokesman for Mr Costa says Ms Gardiner's comments are a political stunt.
The spokesman has rejected the claims and says the Minister has not even been invited to speak at the inquiry.
He says there have been a number of changes to improve public transport for the region and three extra towns on the State's north coast now have rail services.
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