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The South Australian government has scrapped a planned $1 million commission of inquiry to advise on returning the state’s train and tram operations to public ownership.
The pre-election commitment was funded in last month’s state budget, in a move towards reversing the previous government’s privatisation of passenger rail services.
Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the Government suspended its plan after the rail and tram service operators, Keolis Downer and Torrens Connect, agreed to work collaboratively with the Government in “meeting its election commitment of publicly owned rail services”.
He said it was a significant step forward in the Government honouring its election commitment, saving $1 million of taxpayers’ money that would have been spent on a Commission of Inquiry.
Koutsantonis said all parties were now working to the same objective – “to return public transport on light and heavy rail back into public ownership”.
This article first appeared on www.railexpress.com.au
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