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Aurizon Rally to hear from Senator

In the wake of Aurizon's decision to cease Central Queensland operations, Victoria-based Senator Kim Carr will address a crowd of sacked Aurizon workers at todays rally in Rockhampton.

Sen Carr said Rockhampton could have a strong rail future if the State and Federal Governments make the "right choice and buy Australian now".

Aurizon workers

"For towns like Rockhampton this trend means that we will virtually see a whole industry leave the community," Senator Carr said.

"This is why Labor established a Senate inquiry to look at how Australia can maintain and extend rail manufacturing capabilities, which will report to the Senate before the end of the year."

More than $45 billion worth of rail-based public transport projects are scheduled to start within the next five years.

"If we want these rail projects to be built in Australia, we need to re-invest in our rail manufacturing industry," he said.

"This includes making sure that we have the skills and capabilities necessary to complete these projects in Australia using Australian labour.

"Investing in the right infrastructure projects now will create jobs and economic activity in the short term, while yielding longer-term productivity gains that drive future prosperity in regional communities like Rockhampton."

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the rail workshops on Bolsover St at midday today.

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