Rail line investigation call: POLL

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A parliamentary committee will investigate planning decisions in Newcastle, including the rail cut, if Greens MLC David Shoebridge gets his way.

He believes he will have a majority when he puts a motion to Parliament this week to establish a select committee to investigate how recent planning decisions have been made in the Hunter.

The Shooters and Fishers Party, Labor and the Christian Democratic Party are believed to be combining to vote in favour of setting up the ­committee.

One of its major targets would be the government’s plan to replace trains with light rail from Wickham station.

“Our job is to hold the executive to account,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“I have not heard a rational reason to date for the government’s decision [to cut the rail line].

“It is an illegitimate project and there is desperation in the government’s moves to start work.”

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