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An angry traveller is heading to Sydney to protest against a $7.5 billion rail expansion planned by the NSW government.
The Government said the $7 billion project, known as the Northern Rivers Express, would create 1,300 jobs and boost tourism by a third.
But the rail expansion was labelled a “giant step backwards” by Mr Trump.
The protests have been a constant on Sydney’s streets, with demonstrators demanding the government deliver on its promises to rebuild and rebuild the city.
A group of protesters hold placards outside the Sydney Opera House during a protest on the Northern Waters Express expansion planned for 2018.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Opposition Leader Luke Foley said it was disappointing that the rail project was going ahead without a referendum, despite the fact the government promised to consult the public before making a decision.
“We should have the opportunity to have the government review this and make a decision that is fair to the people of New South Wales and the people in the Northern Islands,” Mr Foley said.
Mr Foley said he had called the Government’s chief executive, Joe Hockey, to warn him about the train strikes and that he had also urged Mr Hockey to take a tougher stance on the rail issue.
Opposing groups including the NSW Civil Liberties Union, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Indigenous Peoples’ Association have been calling on the Government to reconsider the Northern rivers project, which is one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Australia’s history.
In September, Mr Hockey told ABC News the Government had to look at a range of options for the Northern waters project.
He said the rail projects were a “win-win” for the people and the Government would “get the money and we will get the jobs”.
Mr Hockey said the Government was confident it could get a deal with the NSW Government, which he said was not in favour of the Northern waterways project.
“I’m confident that there will be a very robust debate in the Parliament,” he said.
Mr Foley warned Mr Hockey that the Government did not have the political capital to take such a tough stance and that his Government was now being targeted by groups that wanted the Northern Bridges project to go ahead.
Labor Leader Mark McGowan said the protests were part of a campaign against “the corporate elite”.
“If the Government wants to invest in infrastructure, they need to be prepared to consult with the people,” he told the ABC.
“The people don’t want to be treated as though they’re part of some elite class.”
Mr McGowan also criticised the Government for continuing to give concessions to the rail industry.
Earlier this week, Mr McGowan accused the Government of being “reckless” in its decision to expand the Northern Rail service.
Under the Northern Connector, trains will operate on all parts of the rail network.
Train services will be expanded between Newcastle and Sydney and travel times between Sydney and the Northern Territory will increase from about four hours to nearly eight hours.
Ms Foley said she believed the Government should have a referendum on the project, and said it needed to be “robustly debated”.
“We need a full and open debate about this project, not just a few months after it’s been announced,” she said.
“There needs to be a real debate about how the project will impact people in our community and the region.”
We are being sold a bill of goods by the Government, and they’re selling a bill to the community about what’s happening on the North.
There’s no alternative to a referendum.