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Birth of a railway

By Everald Compton - posted Monday, 15 May 2017

Cynics say he has done it only to save his political hide, but whatever his reasons, I am cheering.

It will pass Parliament because Shorten will back it. He has been a volunteer on my team for many years because of his personal commitment to create jobs for his Australian Workers Union.

Finally, what it also means is that I can now help ATEC Rail get the Toowoomba Gladstone Railway underway. We have already made proposals to the Queensland Government about this.


I am only 85 years old.

I have got at least another ten years to help make a difference.

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Everald Compton was one of the five contributors to the first edition of On Line Opinion, and in April, 1999 contributed this article Australian Inland Rail Expressway: a century of planning, outlining his plans for the Inland Railway. We're happy to have been a small part of his success.

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Everald Compton is Chairman of The Longevity Forum, a not for profit entity which is implementing The Blueprint for an Ageing Australia. He was a Founding Director of National Seniors Australia and served as its Chairman for 25 years. Subsequently , he was Chairman for three years of the Federal Government's Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing.

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