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The Tasmanian Government is considering the Commonwealth's plan for a joint investigation into the viability of the state's rail system.
The inquiry would investigate claims by freight company Pacific National that it needs $100 million worth of state and federal funds.
Pacific National has threatened to close Tasmania's rail freight network, which could mean the lost of up to 200 jobs.
The company says its container freight service is not viable without the additional funding.
Federal Transport Minister Warren Truss says an independent assessment is needed.
"We need to know once and for all whether this is a management issue associated with Pacific National or whether there are fundamental problems with the operation of a viable rail system in the state of Tasmania," he said.
Tasmanian Infrastructure Minister Bryan Green is considering the Federal Government's offer of an independent investigation.
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