[quote=mejhammers1]@potatoinmymouth. It is nothing short of an electioneering ploy. I am impressed with the crossing removals and the Mernda extension how ever this project has not been thought out, will cost nearer $100 billion and comes across as a thought bubble from the premier's office. If they want connectivity between lines simply expand the Smart Bus Orbital network. [/quote]
With all due respect Michael, I don’t really see how the fact that something is announced as an election promise is a credible argument against it. Here’s why I think that:
First of all, this clearly [i]has[/i] been thought out. I think if you read the documents on the website you’ll find it’s the most thorough support for an election promise in a long time, [i]especially[i/] given the fact it doesn’t fit electoral cycle timing. Full business cases as demanded by Liberals (ironically given their performance in 2014) take time and cost money. On this Dan has put his money where his mouth is and allocated $300 million and 4 years to come up with the best implementation of the concept.
While we are on the subject of funding the idea that this is “unfunded” is pretty deliberately misleading. Remember that between the state gov and the feds there is already $10 billion on the table for the airport link. Now we actually have an idea of why they were prepared to stump up so much. So a business case funded [i]and[/i] the first stage of construction basically locked in.
Lastly, I simply don’t follow why the announcement of a policy before an election is inherently undesirable. In my understanding that’s precisely how it should work: the government and opposition present competing visions of their jurisdiction over the next term of government, and the voters decide which they prefer. The public and the press have been clamouring for decades for governments with vision that extends beyond that next election, and here we are, yet they are met with the nebulous accusations of “electioneering”.
Criticising policies based on speculation about their genesis and motives leads to harmful hyperpartisanship. Far better we debate them on their merits, and there are many claims about this project which can and should be subjected to scrutiny.