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Casino to Murwillumbah line sparks state-federal row

<p>The New South Wales Government has dismissed a Federal Government offer of $15m to reopen the Casino-Murwillumbah line as an election stunt.</p> <p>Federal transport minister John Anderson made the sum available to NSW yesterday (August 23) on the condition that it reopen the line within week.</p> <p>His offer follows a deal brokered between state and federal Labor to commit money to reopen the line if Labor won the upcoming federal election.</p> <p>But NSW transport services minister Michael Costa said Mr Anderson’s one-off offer of $15m is "a whopping $135m short" of what is needed.</p> <p>Federal Labor would offer $15m a year for 10 years under its deal, Mr Costa said.</p> <p>"Mr Anderson should know there is no way his or any other Government can restore trains on the line tomorrow," he said.</p> <p>It would take about three months to resume services, Mr Costa said.</p> <br />