Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:59): My constituency question is for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport. In March I raised an adjournment matter about the Overland train service. Rail is vital for rural and regional towns. Properly funded rail services, whether they be passenger or freight, are of economic and social importance to not only these towns but their domestic and international markets in the case of freight. Since 1887 there has been a regular passenger rail service between Melbourne and Adelaide. However, it is my understanding that a recent funding dispute between the South Australian and Victorian governments has meant that the Overland train service is no longer going to exist beyond this year. My question to the minister is: if the South Australian government does not commit to partial funding of the Overland, will the Victorian
government pick up the tab?