Japan and Chinese interests are lobbying for a high-speed service on Australia's east coast, even though the project has receded from the political agenda, according to Canberra Airport.
The airport's planning director, Noel McCann, said that during Japan's trade delegation to Australia earlier this year a third of the passengers aboard a chartered plane were visiting in relation to the project, which proposes linking Brisbane to Melbourne with a high speed train, and the first leg between Canberra and Sydney.
Mr McCann said Chinese business interests were also continuing and Transport NSW was looking at the Sydney-Canberra corridor.
Meanwhile, the Australasian Railway Association has convened an international panel of speakers from Japan, France, China and Spain to speak, on October 27 at Parliament House, on the economic, social and environmental benefits of high-speed rail.
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Let the Chinese or Japanese or a combination come in and fund and build the network. They will make it work to the benefit of all Australians. Would not trust abbott to deliver a pizza.