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Qld govt defends cross river rail hiccup

AAP logoAAP 4/10/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has played down a delay in setting up a delivery authority for Brisbane's crucial $5.4 billion cross river rail project.

The opposition on Tuesday attacked Labor for failing to meet the October deadline to set up the body, which was recommended in its as-yet unreleased business case.

Deputy LNP leader Deb Frecklington questioned what was behind the delay.

"Considering the minority Palaszczuk government need to pass legislation through parliament before this authority can be set up, it raises serious doubt over Labor's promise to build Cross River Rail," she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said she wasn't disappointed.

"The deputy premier is working on that extensively," Ms Palaszczuk said in Townsville.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad told the ABC a bill to set up the authority would be introduced soon.

"It will be progressed as per our plan," she said.

"That is, a delivery authority established internally until the legislation goes through the parliament and goes through the parliamentary committee process."

Ms Palaszczuk again called for co-operation from the federal government and said the Moreton Bay rail link, which was opened on Monday, was a good example of what could be achieved when all tiers of government worked together.

"That was an investment of local, state and federal working together to develop that $1.2 billion worth of infrastructure," she said.

"Now what we need is the same level of co-operation to make the Cross River Rail a reality.

"We have already set aside our $800 million."

The premier also accused the opposition of playing politics with the issue, given former transport minister Scott Emerson had once written to the federal government and committed funds to the project but currently opposes it.

"The cross River rail project is too big a deal to play politics about because in the southeast it means thousands of jobs," Ms Palaszczuk said.

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