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Urban rail news in brief - July 2015
Inland rail a trifecta for Toowoomba region: mayor
There was good news for the Prime Minister from recent Newspoll surveys that resulted from his strong leadership on the iconic Snowy Mountains Project.
May I recommend an even more iconic project on which strong leadership would be even more rewarded by voters through Newspoll and at the next election? It is High Speed Rail between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. It would serve growing populations in the regions in between.
This private $200 billion project would cost government nothing and would not increase government debt. It would add even more to economic growth than the $2 billion Snowy Mountains Project. It would create many more jobs, especially along the east coast regions and close to western Sydney near Badgerys Creek Airport.
The High Speed Rail/Fast Freight Rail Project would be highly profitable and financially viable. It would be remarkably robust and readily self-financing. It would not require the government to rescue it.
The project would lead to more rapid growth and so earlier and less painful budget repair in the next 10 years. It would ensure the AAA credit rating.
This iconic project would capture the imagination of the people, reassure them with a clear vision for the future liveability and prosperity of Australia, and confirm strong leadership.
Chairman, VFT 2 Project
East Melbourne, Vic
Carmichael coal mine should not proceed
Regardless of whether the government ends up funding the rail link for the Carmichael Basin coal mine and the relative merits of doing so, it seems intent on proceeding with this project while steadfastly ignoring the science that says leave the coal in the ground and the economics that say it is not viable.
The quality of the coal is very poor, the location is expensive to transport from and better mines than this one are struggling to remain economically viable, it offends the indigenous peoples of the area and its product destroys the Great Barrier Reef.
Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce is interesting to observe as he is so entrenched in his position of support that he can hear no merit in any counter-argument at all – not a sound basis for government decision making. The only reason this mine would ever be opened is the LNP pro-business without limit attitude, a concept that is well past its use-by date.
Doing harm in government is surely something that individuals can be held accountable for and the Opposition is right to raise these points and resist further damage to the atmosphere.
The majority of the population is not supportive of this mine as the world moves progressively away from this dirty, outmoded fuel. It should not proceed.
This article first appeared on www.afr.com
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