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Progress in Rail Reform

Conference paper

On 3 November 1999 Commissioner Helen Owens, addressed AusRail99 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a speech titled Progress in Rail Reform.

Helen was Presiding Commissioner for the public inquiry - Progress in Rail Reform - the final report of which was released by the Commonwealth Government on 13 April 2000.

The speech focusses on progress in rail reform since the then Industry Commission’s inquiry Rail Transport in 1991, identifying impediments to further improvements in performance; and some of our general strategies for overcoming these impediments and furthering reform.

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Contents

Introduction

Progress in rail reform

Impediments to reform remain

The Commission's approach to reform

Reform Packages
Ownership and structure
Achieving competitive neutrality
Safety regulation
What should each jurisdiction do?

Conclusion

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