Inland rail opportunities threatened by foreign shipping reforms

Harley Dennett
January 3 2021 - 6:00pm
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack's department is holding secret talks that could undermine inland rail. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack's department is holding secret talks that could undermine inland rail. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Secret talks to allow cheap foreign-flagged ships access to Australia's interstate transport market could undermine the viability of the massive inland rail project and threaten thousands of regional jobs, unions have warned.

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Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Public Service Editor

Former federal politics bureau chief for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to political journalism, where I've covered eight budgets, four national elections in two countries, Defence, public service and international governance.

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