Mr PEDERICK (Hammond) (11:27): I rise to make a contribution to the Statutes Amendment (Barossa Rail Corridor) Bill. I want to make the point that my grandfather Clarrie Dutton worked out of Gawler railway station. He lived at Freeling and used to ride his bike from Freeling to Gawler so he could be a guard on the trains—and we had guards in those days.
When the minister, the member for Unley, was commenting on his rides into Adelaide, I was fondly remembering going on rides on the Redhens from the Gawler station. The air conditioning always worked. They slid open those big side doors, which I think would have been at least six feet wide in the old language, or nearly two metres. They may have been a bit bigger, I am not sure. They were very open things and you could just sit there and take in the breeze. I do not think they would allow that these days with occupational health and safety.
Certainly, as has been expressed here today, Labor do not win any prizes when it comes to managing rail in this state. In reflecting on this bill and its significance to the Barossa, I want to talk about the relevance of some rail lines in my electorate in comparison to this, that is, the Mallee railway lines. One goes up through Karoonda to Loxton and the other one goes to Lameroo and Pinnaroo—and look what happened there. I remember commemorating the century of rail on the Mallee lines in 2006. After over a century of rail, in 2015, under the Labor government, those two lines were closed. No longer could grain freight be moved along those lines.
When we see the Barossa rail corridor brought forward, I agree with the member for Schubert, who knows better than anyone the history of that Barossa railway line. There were discussions around it when it closed in 1968 regarding its future viability and whether or not it could go ahead and have a department put it out to tender. But what everyone wanted was government money, millions and millions of dollars of government money, to make sure that it went ahead, and that just does not happen in the real world. I get it: people come to us for grants, and governments of all colours have grant processes, but people think that grants fall out of the sky. I seek leave to continue my remarks.
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