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The Federal Opposition says there is widespread concern and anguish over the Government's decision to put on permanent hold funding for a planned inland rail link in eastern Australia.
The proposed link would be built through Narrabri and Moree shires in north-west New South Wales.
Nationals' leader and Opposition transport spokesman, Warren Truss, says hidden down the Finance Minister's list of spending cuts was the loss of $65 million for the northern inland rail project.
Mr Truss says the money was meant to help finalise the identification of the route and start construction.
He says Labor has now blown the project into the never never and that means that nothing will happen of substance for the project for at least another three years.
He says it is a major blow to industry in north-western NSW pinning hopes for expansion tied to this rail link.
"It's really ridiculous that a Government that is talking about infrastructure needs should be cancelling projects of this magnitude," he said.
Mr Truss says Labor must explain its vision for the infrastructure of inland Australia after putting back this major project.
A spokesman for federal transport minister Anthony Albanese says the Government's election commitment of a $15 million scoping study for the project remains, but he says it has been deferred for two years.
Source: ABC News
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