Newman says Gold Coast rail link on agenda

 
Topic moved from News by dthead on 16 Mar 2015 22:36
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Campbell Newman has hinted at linking the Gold Coast's light rail line to heavy rail on the first official day of the state election campaign.

After announcing the January 31 election date on Tuesday, the Queensland premier started his campaign at Broadbeach, which straddles the Liberal National Party (LNP) held seats of Surfers Paradise and Mermaid Beach, by promoting the state's economic prospects on local radio.

Mr Newman says he called a January election because he wanted to avoid the economic uncertainty and 'paralysis' seen during the 2013 federal election.
Newman says Gold Coast rail link on agenda

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  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Roll out the barrel.
BenGibbons

Indeed....Campbell doing another, as Denis did in Victoria. Promise lots of PT improvements...way off in the future.

Is there an East-West tollway link proposed for Brisbane as well Question

Mike.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Indeed....Campbell doing another, as Denis did in Victoria. Promise lots of PT improvements...way off in the future.

Is there an East-West tollway link proposed for Brisbane as well Question

Mike.
"The Vinelander"


Not sure about Vic, but the previous govt left Qld in a shocking financial position that has taken a lot of hard decisions to enable the budget to be in the black potentially over next 18mths but still with a debt of +$80B.

As for the road projects, most have been done as private road/tunnels, some Newman's doing as former Mayor. Both have gone bankrupt and Legacy Way the latest road tunnel project may go same path. This will pretty much the "grand plan" as it was stated 10 years ago by Beatie/ Newman that Brisbane needed a triangle pattern of tunnels/roads to take traffic out of the city. They were not wrong and while the private investors have been burned due to lack of traffic, the tunnels do the job quite well.

The "Big Tunnel" project on the books is actually a combined rail/bus tunnel and Newman modification of the previous Cross River Rail Project by the previous govt. Like Abbott, the previous feds also refused to provide any reasonable funding for this project, hence Newman reworked into a smaller length but added the bus way. The final proposal is questionable, but I don't the Opposition changing the scope. Regardless of who gets in, this project will happen but it will be linked to Asset sales/leases due to debt levels.

Unfortunately the river tunnel and the GC tram extension will probably chew of all the govts funds for the next few years. Other much needed rail projects such as
- Sunshine Coast Railway
- Gold Coast Railway extension/completion
- Sunshine coast north coast line realignment and duplication
- completion of the Beenleigh Quad I think won't happen this decade.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Hi Shane...engaging Peter Costello, former federal Liberal/National party Treasurer to audit the books of the former Blair Labor government was going to produce the worst possible financial result and the politics of that appointment immediately after the unfortunate election of the now lamented Newman government was seen and is known to be a sham.

The Napthine Liberal government in Victoria lost the election, as much because it over-promised and because it was secretive about the business case of the then proposed, now cancelled $16 Billion East-West toll road project that was going to serve a very limited clientèle of mainly conservative voters who would have enjoyed a faster ride to Melbourne airport and left the rest of us wondering when any PT projects after the now completed state/federal Labor funded and successful Regional Rail Link through Melbourne's west was finished.

Fortunately the voters saw through the Liberals nonsense, despite the constant manufactured outrage of the Murdoch press about how shocking the election of a state Labor government in Victoria would be and we will soon have a more balanced view of PT and roads projects which will be based on their merits by the soon to be established Infrastructure Victoria.

http://www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/transport/major-projects

Fortunately also for the Newman government it has a virtually insurmountable electoral advantage, so will probably be re-elected in 2 weeks time.

Mike.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Hi Shane...engaging Peter Costello, former federal Liberal/National party Treasurer to audit the books of the former Blair Labor government was going to produce the worst possible financial result and the politics of that appointment immediately after the unfortunate election of the now lamented Newman government was seen and is known to be a sham.

The Napthine Liberal government in Victoria lost the election, as much because it over-promised and because it was secretive about the business case of the then proposed, now cancelled $16 Billion East-West toll road project that was going to serve a very limited clientèle of mainly conservative voters who would have enjoyed a faster ride to Melbourne airport and left the rest of us wondering when any PT projects after the now completed state/federal Labor funded and successful Regional Rail Link through Melbourne's west was finished.

Fortunately the voters saw through the Liberals nonsense, despite the constant manufactured outrage of the Murdoch press about how shocking the election of a state Labor government in Victoria would be and we will soon have a more balanced view of PT and roads projects which will be based on their merits by the soon to be established Infrastructure Victoria.

http://www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/transport/major-projects

Fortunately also for the Newman government it has a virtually insurmountable electoral advantage, so will probably be re-elected in 2 weeks time.

Mike.
The Vinelander
Hi Mike
I'm not sure how exactly PC was employed by the govt. ie as a contractor or through his partnership company for which there are a number of high profile partners and work. But what you are saying to me is that in the reported headed up by PC is that he lied, or manipulated the data on the state of Qld financial affairs?

Qlder's want to know the truth and how bad it really is. We were BS'ed for too long, his why the ALP retained only 10% of the seats in the house. Did PC play on the politics during this? Yes. Should have he? No.

To me to truely judge how good a politician is and their performance is by looking at what they do and work offered to them post leaving govt, especially the younger ones. The former Qld Premier had to leave the state because she was basically unemployable in Qld and still things were slow and the former Treasurer I cannot find anything on although perhaps he has just managed to stay below the radar. PC however has had plenty thrown his way and as mentioned above has a partnership in a high profile company.

You cannot hide the fact that Qld was nearly $80B in debt with a growing annual black hole in the budget, much of this was in the annual budget papers. Qld has more Debt than NSW and Vic combined and alot of it is linked with any for of income.

In Vic, agree E-W project killed the govt, but a few LNP voters I know said the govt wasn't much chop anyway, so maybe just icing?

Abbott needs to pull his head in and start following the infrastructure rules he implemented. As for dual or sometimes even tripple funding of most PT, road, water, power, etc and other projects. I am 100% behind stopping this. When I vote federal I am focused on defense, international policy, health etc etc, not my daily commute! Also if I am trying to get a branch line built, who is accountable. Dilute the funding arrangement, dilute the accountability!

Newman, despite his bad arrogance will probably get back in, Qld LNP certainly will and probably deserve to continue their plan. They have done alot of hard work across the board especially health and PT has progressed more many would have guessed it would. Qld ALP like NSW ALP was very good at announcing rail projects, but few were actually built and most via dual and in some cases triple govt funding.

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