We see on a fairly regular time frame comment something like the governments are stupid for funding major road projects rail is the way to go.
The problem with this though is Australia has largely grown up with road transport well and truely dominating the scene, Australias population went from 7.5 million in 1945 to 23.5 milliion now, in comparison in the same period Britian went from around 49 million to 62 million souls.
What this means is Australia simply has not got the basic rail infrastructure to suit its current population size and the current population is so road biased that it will NOT sit still and let the governments bulldoze major sections of the metro areas to allow improving rail enough so that it can compete effectively. This leaves governments with almost no option than to go further down the road path, The governement simply CANNOT go against this will of the people. Its the people that have to change and become rail aware, this will not occur until road transport hits a major hurdle, Australia will of course by then likely to be suffering from serious hardship.