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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 15 June 1993) . . Page.. 1876 ..


CHIEF MINISTER FOR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

Question No. 709

Very Fast Train Project

MR WESTENDE - Asked the Chief Minister upon notice on 12 May 1993:

(1) Would the Chief Minister see merit in the Government bringing pressure to bear on the Federal Government to reintroduce the very fast train (VFT) project as the type of project that would stimulate the economy and take a major aspect of the Nations transport infrastructure into the next century.

(2) Would the Chief Minister agree that the benefits to Canberra of a VFT that passes through the ACT would be enormous.

MS FOLLETT -.The answer to the members question is as. follows:

(.1) The Government has been, and continues to be, supportive of the proposal for a Very Fast Train.. If private sector proponents reactivate the proposal my Government will again enter into discussions to facilitate its progress.

(2) The Government recognises that the construction and operation of a Very Fast Train link between Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne would have substantial economic and employment benefits for the ACT.

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