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The Tasmanian Liberals have unveiled a proposal for the state's rail network to be returned to public hands.
The plan was unveiled by Opposition Leader Rene Hidding at a transport forum in Hobart.
Under the plan, Pacific National would sell the rail lines to the ports authority, Tas Ports, for a peppercorn rate of $1.00. Pacific National originally paid $22 million for this infrastructure.
The Federal Government would invest $78 million and the state $40 million to repair the rail network.
Pacific National would continue to be the major rail operator in Tasmania.
Mr Hidding says he is confident the Federal Government would come on board.
Pacific National's Tasmanian manager Peter Gillard is open to the plan but says he has not had time to study the details.
But Infrastructure Minister Bryan Green has accused the Opposition of undermining efforts to negotiate a solution to the state's rail woes.
He says Mr Hidding has not discussed the plan with either level of government.
He says Tasmania's rail network needs to be managed by the Australian Rail and Track Corporation, as occurs in other states.
"Why wouldn't Mr Hidding want exactly the same as other states," he said.
"So look, I'm very disappointed in Mr Hidding's attitude, I'm not sure when he wrote this position but it seems to me he hasn't thought it out and he certainly hasn't discussed it with his federal colleagues."
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