How about improving or scrapping the Sunday timetable before going in the deep end and starting 24 hour NightRider-like services? While a 6 carriage train is much better at removing the crows from the city over a single bus every half an hour (or every hour, depending on the timetable), there isn't much point when there is no way to go from the station after that. Say you get on the last NightRider at 5AM after a Saturday night out. You get off the bus (or future train) half an hour later and if you wanted to catch another service beyond there to get back home, chances are it's probably not going to be there for another three hours because for no reason whatsoever, your bus now leaves the depot at 9AM instead of 6 today, the simple reason being it's a Sunday
Until Saturday and Sunday timetables are merged as one, 24 hour weekend services are all but useless unless you live within walking distance from the station or are lucky enough to live near a tram stop. Those who aren't, are stuck with what's universally loathed by weekend workers and foaming pro-rail gunzels alike: buses. Additionally, shift workers have absolutely no use for a service which only runs two nights a week and they work five (chances are, Night-owl Joe doesn't work Saturday nights either, so in reality, he only sees the bus once
a week). That leaves Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the only option being to continue catching expensive taxis or (literally) spending the night at the pokies until they close (and these days, even gaming venues don't tend to stay open all night due to anti-pokies whingers, how many venues close at 1AM these days?).
On weekdays, chances are your average bus will run between the hours of 6AM and 9PM. If you're unlucky, this might be 7AM until 6PM, give or take an hour, or if you're really unlucky, the bus only runs during peaks with no service at all during the day.
On Saturdays and "minor" public holidays (e.g. Australia Day), this bus might now start 30-60 minutes later with a slightly less frequent service, but still run until the same time (however, for some inexplicable reason, the 742 ends one hour earlier on Saturdays while even the Sunday timetable still has buses until 9PM!). If you're unlucky, it will run every hour and be timed to leave the all-important bus stop one minute before the connecting train arrives. Your so-called "Smart" bus now runs every half an hour too, just like every other bus (although, read the "if you're unlucky" part again).
On Sundays and "major" public holidays (dare I say it - Christian
holidays in a multicultural country), chances are your average bus will now start at around 8-9AM, run every 30-60 minutes and finish at any time between 4PM (e.g. route 367, which also has the bonus of running every two
hours on this day), 6PM (most "non-upgraded" buses, insert just about any ex-NationalBus route here) or remain "unchanged" at 9PM (this restriction also includes SmartBus services for some reason, of which normally run from 5AM-midnight every other day of the week but now finishes at 9PM just because it's a Sunday timetable). If you're unlucky, the timetable will have No service
written across it. No need to comment here.