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MIA Mullighan should offer compensation

Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan needs to explain why the Seaford railway line shut down yesterday morning, remains out of action 24 hours later and how he is intending to compensate passengers left stranded by the latest shutdown of the Seaford line.

“Commuters on the Seaford, Tonsley and Grange railways line have the right to know why once again they have been stranded as a consequence of the failure of the recently electrified service,” said David Pisoni Shadow Minister for Transport.

“It is particularly disappointing that not only has this problem plagued rail line failed again but that the Minister responsible for its operation has gone into hiding.

“Minister Mullighan’s silence mirrors Adelaide Metro’s failure to inform commuters of what was happening and what alternative arrangements were being put in place for them as they waited on trains and at platforms yesterday.

“The very least Minister Mullighan could have done yesterday is publicly apologise for this latest disaster, promise to get to the bottom of the problem as soon as possible and immediately offer compensation to affected commuters.

“The $290 million Seaford extension has been plagued by failures suggesting the project has been done on the cheap.

“In July last year a high voltage cable snapped near Christies Beach putting passengers and bystanders at risk of grave injury.

“That was the second time a high voltage cable had snapped and had those incidents happened near a level crossing there may have been catastrophic consequences.

“Early this year it was revealed that asbestos contaminated materials found its way into this taxpayer funded project.

“After thousands of Australians have suffered terrible deaths from mesothelioma it is completely unacceptable that rail workers were put at risk of exposure to that deadly disease by the use of cut price Chinese imports.”

“Minister Mullighan must explain why this $290 million project has been continually plagued by avoidable quality and safety issues as a result of penny pinching.”