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A fast train linking Melbourne and Sydney in less than three hours will be among the top infrastructure priorities of a Shorten Government.
Labor is set to ramp up a decades-long vision to plan and build a high-speed rail line from Melbourne to Brisbane — via Canberra and Sydney — arguing the time for talking is over and it’s time to put the project into action.
The Herald Sun can reveal among the first actions of a Labor government, should it win the election expected in May, will be to restore the High Speed Rail Authority and preserve the corridor along the east coast.
Experts now argue the Melbourne to Sydney link could be completed with a decade but will need both significant private and public funding to reach its potential.
“It would be a real game changer. It is expensive, but nation-building requires vision,” Opposition infrastructure spokesman Anthony Albanese said.
The Coalition Government scrapped the High Speed Rail Authority in 2014 in Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey’s notorious first Budget.
Labor is expected to make its restoration a priority if it takes office and gather international expressions of interest over the project’s construction from companies with recent experience building high-speed rail in Japan, China, Korea and Europe.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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