Albanese to be dinner guest of Labor candidate for Cowper
UPDATE Sunday 11am
IN A statement released today, Mr Albanese said he will be reintroducing the High Speed Rail Authority Bill into Parliament on Monday, April 18.
"Last month at the Sydney Institute I announced that the High Speed Rail Authority will call for international expressions of interest for the construction of High Speed Rail utilising expertise from countries already successfully employing the technology," he said.
"High Speed Rail would not only serve our capital cities but would turbo charge regional economic growth and jobs along the route including the Gold Coast, Casino, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, the Central Coast, Southern Highlands, Wagga Wagga, Albury-Wodonga and Shepparton.
"Once fully operational it could carry approximately 84 million passengers each year, with express journey times of less than three hours between Melbourne and Sydney and Sydney and Brisbane.
"High Speed Rail would be an economic game changer for Australia."
THE POPULARITY of Anthony Albanese seems apparent with tickets for a fundraising dinner in Sawtell with the high profile Labor MP selling out within hours.
Either that or it's another sign the run up to the Federal election is well and truly underway.
As Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Mr Albanese has become a regular visitor to the region and this visit will one be to support Country Labor candidate for the seat of Cowper, Damian Wood.
The evening dinner will take place on Wednesday, April 20, with Mr Albanese planning to attend gatherings and hold meetings around the Coffs Coast during the day.
He was last in the city on February 16 speaking on matters to do with the Pacific Highway upgrade.
That issue is likely to feature heavily in this issue, along with rail transport.
Speaking on SKY News last week, Mr Albanese reiterated his support for a Very Fast Train project and again expressed his wish for Coffs Harbour to provide one of the limited number of future stopping points.