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Labor considers an inquiry into $10b Melbourne to Brisbane inland railway

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley says a future Labor government will conduct an inquiry into the $10 billion Melbourne to Brisbane inland railway which could result in an overhaul of the landmark project. The Australian Financial Review reports that “while Labor is unlikely to scrap the $9.3 billion equity investment in ARTC, a review or inquiry into the planning process is likely to be announced. Another potential headache for the Morrison government is the Queensland government has yet to sign up to the intergovernmental agreement for the inland rail project. NSW and Victoria are already on board. The $10 billion project stops at the Queensland border. It is dependent on a complex 126-kilometre section tunneling through Toowoomba Ranges to Acacia Ridge in Brisbane's west which will be put to the market as a public-private partnership.”

Source: Australian Financial Review

Northern Beaches Hospital: “the public must be assured that Healthscope is not cutting costs excessively''

The Sydney Morning Herald says “the public must be assured that Healthscope is not cutting costs excessively or shifting difficult patients to other state-run hospitals or cross-subsidizing its private hospital business located at the same site with facilities designed for the public Northern Beaches Hospital. Equally the public will be concerned if a takeover bid on the share market now under way against Healthscope has distracted management.” The problems have been critical. Doctors at the embattled new PPP hospital “threatened to withhold treatment from private patients in a desperate move to force the state government to act on their concerns about the under-resourced facility.”

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