Australia PM backs high-speed rail to fill mining void
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's Labor government on Monday pledged to press on with plans for a high-speed rail network linking major east coast cities, saying it would diversify the economy as the mining boom slows.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, battling a strong candidate in conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott in Sept 7 national polls, has committed to focusing on jobs in the last fortnight of the campaign.
To achieve this, he said, good infrastructure was vital.
"If we do not have world-class infrastructure there is no future for the Australian economy. It's as basic as that," he told journalists in Sydney.