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Time to 'bite the bullet' and build high-speed rail: Albanese

Australia should "bite the bullet" and build a high-speed rail line between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, senior Labor figure Anthony Albanese said, in a sign the opposition is preparing to put the perennial election issue back on the agenda.

Labor's federal infrastructure spokesman, who oversaw a $20 million study into the feasibility of east coast bullet trains in the previous Labor government, said it was time Australia moved beyond decades of talk about the project.

Both sides of politics say it's time for high-speed rail, but neither has committed money to it yet.

"We should bite the bullet and go for a high-speed rail connection not just through to Sydney but right through to Melbourne and then north to Brisbane," Mr Albanese told Newcastle radio on Wednesday.

He said an initial route between Melbourne and Newcastle "would make the most sense".

"It would be a real game changer - it is expensive, but nation-building requires vision."

Federal Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said Australia would one day need high-speed rail, but said it was up to the states to first acquire land for the corridor.

"High-speed rail has to be part of the landscape in the future," Mr Tudge said.

"Corridor preservation is critical, which only state governments have the power to do."

He said the Morrison government was already investigating building high-speed rail along the east coast.

Three high-speed rail business cases were under way, including from Sydney to Newcastle and from Melbourne to Shepparton, and all were due for completion within the next few months, Mr Tudge said.

Infrastructure Australia this month put the cost of preserving land along the proposed corridor at $2.8 billion.

The federal agency said in its most recent infrastructure priority report that corridor preservation between Melbourne and Brisbane remained a high priority.

It has previously warned that a failure to protect the corridor from urban encroachment risks pushing the cost of the project even higher.

Mr Albanese has been federal politics' most vocal proponent of high-speed rail for years. In December he narrowly failed to win a parliamentary vote to bring on debate about establishing a high-speed rail authority.

Despite this, the Bill Shorten-led opposition is yet to make a pledge to put funds towards the project.

Labor made a $54 million promise in the 2016 election to establish a high-speed rail authority.

It also proposed to seek expressions of interest from international companies that have built high-speed rail, to see if the huge project cost could be reduced.

The cost of constructing high-speed rail between Melbourne and Brisbane was estimated at $114 billion in 2013.

Yoshikazu Nishida is general manager of the Sydney office of the Central Japan Railway Company.

He said there had been recent advances in rail tunnelling techniques, but these were unlikely to dramatically reduce the estimated cost.

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野村 雅道(のむら・まさみち)氏

1979年東京大学教養学部を卒業後、東京銀行(現三菱UFJ銀行)入行、82年ニューヨーク支店にて国際投資業務(主に中南米融資)、外貨資金業務に従事。85年プラザ合意時には本店為替資金部でチーフディーラーを務める。

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