I for one was not poobahing the idea at all, but just as election promises go we are still waiting on a great hoard of promises made all the way back to the late Don Dunstan almost!
NOTE. SPLIT THREAD. Posts below taken from Millswood topic. Any politcal discussion beyond SA public transport is welcome
We've seen how well (?) the Abbott and two or three 'Liberal' state governments have kept their election promises to govern well and for the benefit of all, and we've seen the criminality of some apologies for human beings who infested Labour ranks to the dismay of all decent supporters. We are seeing confected alarm over one of the world's smallest per capita governmental national debts justifying all sorts of 'economy measures' and new sell offs of national assets. We are experiencing obscene rises in the price of electricity and gas due to the sell off of vertically integrated governmental suppliers like ETSA and the SEC which ploughed all profits back into the upkeep and modernization of their enterprises, and the preference of the privatised and mostly foreign owned companies to feather their nests at the cost of consumers and because they can get more by selling our once huge national gas reserves overseas. Tom Playford must be spinning in his grave over what has happened in this regard.
What we have also seen throughout my long life is the penchant for Labor to build national assets (like two successive Australian National Shipping LInes to free us from the clutches of overseas owned companies who had a stranglehold on our trade), and the 'Liberal' selling off of those assets as soon as they could after assuming office.
With all of its faults, give the present South Australian government credit for the huge improvement in public transport that they have made in recent years. The process was always going to create temporary pain, and there has undoubtedly been far too much of it due largely to the failure of private contractors to honour their commitments and government departmental failure to enforce them, but would any real railway advocate on this list wish to go back to what we had before they began the process?
I still deeply regret the loss of Adelaide's chance to have an underground connection of the Glenelg tram line under King William Street and the parklands to Tea Tree Plaza. After Sydney and Melbourne, we'd have been the first with a subway instead of the last – some time in the future and well after I am dead.
The Commonwealth Bank was created to free us from the clutches of overseas financiers by creating carefully controlled credit to build national infrastructure interest free, but with the responsibility to pay back the funds via user charges and taxation. The USA does this to uncontrolled excess, but has to do so to keep their economy afloat after the depredations of Wall Street billionaires who have manipulated their way to riches at the cost of ordinary people the world over.
There are very many activities in which private enterprise does best, and which governments should leave as regulation free as is commensurate with fair play, but there are also many things in which governments need to be active to create infrastructure for the benefit of private citizens and their activities.
When you vote, ask yourself which party is the more likely to maintain the progress which we have seen in highway as well as railway building, and examine what they are promising or, as important a sign, refraining from promising.
See you on one of our new electric trains next Sunday, and when at Seaford look South towards Aldinga, and one day even to the burgeoning Victor Harbour conurbation!