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January 15, 2004
South Australian Premier Mike Rann today dismissed transport mogul Chris Corrigan's prediction that the financial returns from the Darwin rail link would be smaller than ticks' testicles.
The first freight train leaves Adelaide today for Darwin on the new $1.3 billion public and privately funded line.
Mr Rann said Mr Corrigan's criticisms were predictable given his role as executive chairman of Patrick Stevedores.
"Of course he would say that; this is a rival to the things that he does, for his transport empire," Mr Rann told ABC Radio.
"Of course there are going to be people who come out and knock, but the same knockers said it would never be built."
Mr Rann said the project would not have attracted private investment is it were not financially viable. Mr Corrigan said: "They've spent $2 billion building a railway for five trains a week and a few cartons of beer and I've described the financial returns on that as being smaller than ticks' testicles."
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