Friday, August 04, 2006

Victorians on the slow train to nowhere

The ludicrous plan by Steve Bracks to improve rail links in rural Victoria has proven to be just that, ludicrous. Like any Bracks plan, on the surface, this new timetable looks pristine.

  • Nine minutes saved travelling to Traralgon,
  • Ten minutes saved travelling to Geelong,
  • Seventeen minutes saved travelling to Bendigo and
  • Twenty-three minutes saved travelling to Ballarat.

Unfortunately, as you dig a little deeper, you find that only 6 services daily out of 160 will be able to deliver time savings as measured by the Bracks Government.

An express service on the Traralgon line has been dumped, adding 11 minutes to each journey.

For $750 million, over time and overbudget, Victorian taxpayers have a right to feel like the wheels have fallen off public transport infrastructure. Another $550 million is planned for new trains.

If only Terry Mulder was as quick as Brackswatch in being critical of Steve Bracks.

BALLARAT'S civic leaders would have preferred the State Government invested in health services, police resources and water storages ahead of a faster train service, according to Opposition Transport spokesperson Terry Mulder.

Mr Mulder said the new V/Line timetable, which was unveiled by Premier Steve Bracks in Ballarat on Wednesday, proved the government's $750 million investment in regional rail had been a "total waste of money".

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At 6:57 PM, Anonymous RealFederalismNow said...

Bracks can waste as much money as he wants.

As long as Costello keeps collecting $15 billion a year in taxes on Steve's behalf, no one can really blame Bracks for wasting money left, right and centre. After all, most Victorians rarely have to pay anything more than a speeding fine or a Vicroads registration fee to Bracks, so why should they care if he wastes money. It's not like he comes back to them for the money, he just goes to Costello (they forget that Costello eventually has to hit them up for it anyway).

If Victoria is to be free of the Bracks curse, Costello must first cut Bracks's allowance and let him pay his own bills for once. Then the Victorian people would actually begin to understand how much the Bracks government is wasting every day they leave it in power.

At 1:18 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Well, I guess there is an easy way to deal with that.
Abolish the federal government.

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once had dealings with a Bracks-run Victorian government organisation. I have never been so shocked in my life as seeing one from the inside.

The worst part was that people very close to Bracks himself were pulling the strings.

I'm convinced you have to be a total dickhead to be employed by them. He only recruits psychopathic narcissists.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger sirhumfree said...

Great to find your site and comments via crikey.
all very well knowing the wastage factors BUT Where is the opposition when the country really needs them . Only a few weeks and the menace may remain --I have 3 local news stories but noone i would trust to use them YET . still working on it at


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