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Beattie mulls private-sector role in Queensland Rail

<p>In the wake of Rio Tinto’s threat to leave Queensland over infrastructure bottlenecks, premier Peter Beattie has flagged industry involvement in Queensland Rail. </p> <p>But a wholesale privatisation was not on the agenda.</p> <p>"Queensland Rail is a national commercial business and is always looking at opportunities," Mr Beattie was quoted in the <em>Australian Financial Review</em> as saying after meeting Rio Tinto chief executive Tom Albanese. </p> <p>&#8220However, there is no plan to privatise Queensland Rail.&#8221</p> <p>Mr Beattie said he would follow the recommendations of Queensland Resources Council’s review of the state’s coal industry.</p> <br />