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The Queensland government has dismissed federal government documents criticising its planned coal rail sale as "old news" and promised to go ahead with its plan.
Briefing notes, provided to federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese and released under freedom of information laws, say the sale should be opposed.
The notes say the model being used by the Bligh Labor government is anti-competitive, will bring about higher costs for the resources sector and could lead to less royalties for the state.
The documents warn similar models in Victoria and Tasmania had failed in the past after bringing about reduced investment.
"While the basis for the sale of an integrated entity would potentially provide the highest upfront payment for a seller and facilitate a quick sale, it would be at the expense of a sound public policy outcome for competition and efficiency of the coal network in Queensland," the documents say.
"(It) is likely to reduce Queensland government income from the resources sector over time."
QR's bulk haulage network, QR National, was split from the state-owned corporation on July 1 and will be floated later this year under the government's privatisation plan.
But a $4.85 billion offer made by a consortium of the state's largest coal businesses to buy the rail lines is still being considered.
That plan is supported by federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson.
Opposition treasury spokesman Tim Nicholls seized on the report on Wednesday, saying the sale should be cancelled immediately.
"The people of Queensland are against it, the unions are against it, we have opposed it consistently, the rail companies are against it, the company's customers are against it, and their own federal colleagues in Canberra are against it," he told reporters.
"It entrenches a monopoly, it's bad for Queensland."
But a spokesman for Treasurer Andrew Fraser said the federal government's opposition was not new and the planned float would go ahead.
"This is old news, and old views," he told AAP.
"The government is committed to its plan."
Mr Albanese has been sought for comment.
© 2010 AAP
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