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THE federal election is hotting up after Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson and Corio MP Richard Marles clashed in parliament over the delivery of a fast train service for Geelong.
The MPs squabbled in the chamber on Thursday when Ms Henderson demanded Mr Marles stop telling “lies” about the Coalition’s $2 billion fast rail funding.
She has erected signs in her electorate spruiking the delivery of a fast train between Geelong and Melbourne.
Mr Marles said it was “dishonest” to claim delivery of a fast train when only $50 million of the $2 billion pledged was in the Budget for the next four years.
He said the Budget figures showed there was no intent from the Coalition.
“Yesterday (Thursday) Sarah Henderson talked about integrity in parliament, but is happy to use dishonest advertising and keep up her habit of delivering nothing but false hope for Geelong,” he said.
Ms Henderson said: “The money is there — $2 billion from 2021 — and it will be phased in as soon as the construction timetable is determined.”
This article first appeared on www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
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