The West Coast Wilderness Railway is a net economic and social drain on the Tasmanian and Australian economies? Sounds like this is an unarguable fact. Though it would be sad to see it close (for puffernuts at least), it seems its the best thing to do.
ABC News 26 Sept 2012 reported:
"The Victorian Government has revealed Melbourne's Formula One Grand Prix cost taxpayers a record $56.7 million this year......Ms Asher says the race boosts the state's economy by more than $30 million a year."
Maybe the Vic government should close the Grand prix because it is a drain on the Vic and Aust economies too? (personally, I wish they would -the guvinmint spends 360 days admonishing us not to do what they spend 5 days promoting and spending our money on!)