What has all this endless stuff about guards and drivers got to do with the XPT or it's replacement?
It explains why the current regime - as inefficient as it is - was such an improvement over what we had 25 years ago.
The main problem IMHO is little has been done on the productivity front since, and there has got to be a lot of low hanging fruit. What I fear is the current inefficiencies are both a reason and justification to can the whole thing completely.
But more to the point of this thread, unless these productivity issues can be addressed in a meaningful way, no government in it's right mind is going to pump capital into CountryLink.
IMHO fleet renewal could be a catalyst for this sort of productivity reform, and might add to the justification for fleet renewal rather than be a disincentive.