No need for offence Mr Woodford and I do enjoy your posts.
No bias here and I'll report this as it happened at that time...
Soon after the 2010 election that Ted Baillieu won, and the NE was at a very low point with the original mud-holes being repaired with tonnes of ballast to fill the holes, apparently not caused by a destroyed track bed or side insertion of the sleepers...but I digress.
I spent a great deal of time, money and effort looking at what was going on, I do NOT make up what I report. Nor do I have any "hidden agenda", or personal views on what I see. I DO NOT make reports up, I see what I have seen with my own eyes. Incedently my primary interest is engineering I am not a railway person, although I have done track work.
As stated there have been two causes of mudholes. on the old SG it was poor initial construction. This DID cause some base failures. ARTC has put MUCH effort in correcting this, this type of failure was largely confined to south of Seymour.
The mudholes post gauge conversion were almost all confined to the ballast immediately below the sleepers. I have directly inspected dozens of these holes during repair and none extended down to the base, remember I am talking about the West line here.
If I sound pissed off its because after putting in so much effort to observe and report accurately I strongly resent any even indirectly being called a liar. Mind you I started this reporting in order to get some accurate info out there on railway projects, even in the beginning I did not think I would succeed because its almost impossible to break down anyones prejudicious's, and in fact I still think i have largely wasted my time. I did the observing though to please my self, reporting my observations was never going to be a winner, in my eyes anyway.