National's plan for High Speed Rail stops at the Gold Coast

Member for Page Kevin Hogan needs to come clean on the fact that his party’s plan for High Speed Rail starts at Brisbane and the ends at the Gold Coast.

The_Nationals_Just_Don't_Get_it.jpegMr Hogan last week tried to take credit for Labor’s plan to build a High Speed Rail network from Brisbane to Sydney, and even claimed that he would ensure the project included a stop at Lismore

Speaking to Prime7 News, Mr Hogan said “If I’m around Lismore will be on it.”

However according to 2019 Federal Budget documents, the Coalition Federal Government has only provided funding for “business case studies” into fast rail links between Sydney and Wollongong, Sydney and Parkes (via Bathurst and Orange), Melbourne and Albury-Wodonga, Melbourne and Traralgon, and Brisbane and the Gold Coast.


Rail, Tram and Bus Union National Secretary Bob Nanva today said the Nationals had left Northern NSW off the map.

“Kevin Hogan and the Nationals have had six years to do something about improving rail to the Northern Rivers and North Coast.

“The National Party has no plan for High Speed Rail to the region.  To pretend otherwise is simply dishonest, and disrespectful to the voters of Page.”


Mr Nanva said Mr Hogan didn’t seem to know if he was standing as a National Party candidate or not.

“Kevin Hogan is the lucky dip candidate in Page: you don’t know if he’s running as a National or a cross-bencher. Now he’s even claiming credit for Labor Party policies.

“But despite his confusion, the fact is that Mr Hogan’s face is on National Party posters, and there’s an army of volunteers in yellow National Party t-shirts handing out for him at polling booths.

“A vote for Kevin Hogan is a vote for the chaotic Morrison Government, and a vote against bringing High Speed Rail to the Northern Rivers.”