Campaigners travelled to Canberra today (June 26) to highlight the need for greater political support for Australia’s high-speed rail ambitions.

This follows the publication of a report earlier this year suggesting that the proposed high-speed rail network, which would connect Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, could cost Australia $114 billion.

Businesses from all around the world arrived in Parliament House to attend a forum hosted by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA).

ARA chief executive Bryan Nye said: “The government’s recent study has sparked world-wide interest particularly amongst countries that have long benefited from high-speed rail and see Australia as a new and viable market.

“Countries much less developed than Australia are already investing in high speed travel. We need to take this project forward or we will quickly be left behind.

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  1. Our government and politicians are useless and stupid and have been for a long time. There has been almost no investment in public transport or transport other than inner city freeways in the past 20 – 30 years. Your going to need more then a forum to convince those dodo birds to do something! I also don’t see why it has to cost $114billion dollars. What makes up that price? Wages? Materials? They should be forced to work for less and the suppliers should be forced to drop their prices. There has to be a way it can be done.. some people won’t be happy but tuff.

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