Here's what a real infrastructure plan looks like - Everald Compton

 

News article: Here's what a real infrastructure plan looks like - Everald Compton

One does not have to be a genius to come to the considered view that it is time to revive the fine traditions of the grand pioneers after 65 dormant years of fostering the good life in preference to investing in the future of a great nation.

  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
One does not have to be a genius to come to the considered view that it is time to revive the fine traditions of the grand pioneers after 65 dormant years of fostering the good life in preference to investing in the future of a great nation.

To emphasise our passive attitude to nation building, let me tell you about an experience I had two decades ago.

I planned to build an inland railway linking Melbourne with Darwin and the Kimberley. In preparing a business case, I contacted bureaucrats in the federal government and all state governments to ask for a copy of their infrastructure plans for the next 25 years. Not one of them had such a plan. Indeed, they were stunned that I asked for one. They merely followed the whims of politicians who invested in marginal seats from election to election.

Now, I am pondering what my initial thoughts would be in the highly unlikely event of the Prime Minister inviting me to draw up a long-term infrastructure plan for the nation.
"Here's what a real infrastructure plan looks like - Everald Compton"


Thanks so much for sharing this.  It is a sad sad situation but whole expected that not a single government could provide an infrastructure plan for the next 25 years.  Is it not a wonder why one hand does not know what the other hand is doing.  property developers building housing estates miles from transport hubs, freight trains unable to access customers due to failing tracks and unable to access the the ports where vital exports are destined.

There are proud Australian leaders of last generation who are turning in their graves unable to comprehend the current situation let alone see a way forward.

Australia the lucky country?  Not sure this rings true anymore.

There is light at the end of the tunnel.  Its called inland rail for freigght and high speed rail for passenger services between Melbourne-Canberra-Sydney-Brisbane.

Why wait?  Get it happening now.

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  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
"Proud leaders of the last generation"

What a load of bollocks. They were as full of themselves 25, 50, 100 years ago as they are today.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
I would not describe the work of Henry parkes Alfred Seakin the Chaffey brothers from California or indeed William  Hudson
  M636C Minister for Railways

I would not describe the work of Henry parkes Alfred Seakin the Chaffey brothers from California or indeed William  Hudson
freightgate
I'm with Bing here....

Parkes sounds like the sort of guy that would fit in well in recent NSW governments on either side.

He was in favour of Federation, which was good, but I get the impression that he was very interested in anything that was good for Henry Parkes....

Hudson built up a company that made money as well as rollingstock, but contemporary stories of workers in the earlier inner city plant (was it Henry Lawson who worked there?) suggest that he wasn't greatly concerned with working conditions. The Millenium cars are quite good and the Waratahs might have been just as good if built in Australia, but were built in China to get the number into service in a politically acceptable time. But the Millennium cars were the last from Hudson's company...

M636C
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
There are proud Australian leaders of last generation who are turning in their graves unable to comprehend the current situation let alone see a way forward.
x31

Like Tommy Bent?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Like Tommy Bent?
ZH836301

Bent by name, bent by nature Laughing
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
The jewel in the crown would be a standard gauge track from Townsville to Mount Isa and Tennant Creek, then on across the Tanami Desert to the Kimberley. In a visionary future, this railway would swing south to go all the way down the coast to Perth.
Everald Compton

This is kind of delusions of grandeur territory. And almost certainly pointless.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Check out the first two of his board positions and then make your own mind up as to how visionary his view is, ie who's vision he is looking at.....

http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/author.asp?id=271
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I went head to head with Compton in a radio interview many years ago. While shrewd and well connected, and he makes some reasonable points (not that anyone else has made them before) in the article, he is pretty much out of touch with reality.

If he was any good, his 'no taxpayer funds required' Inland Rail proposal would have become a reality a long time ago.
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
Yep, another rent seeker.
  waynes Junior Train Controller

Location: Victoria
Like Tommy Bent?
ZH836301

Who?
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
This bloke:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Bent

His crowning achievement was the 'The Octopus Act'.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_Construction_Act_1884
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
If he was any good, his 'no taxpayer funds required' Inland Rail proposal would have become a reality a long time ago.
bingley hall

Pretty much what I was thinking when I read:
Everald Compton is a research fellow at Per Capita, a progressive think tank. He is a veteran of ageing and infrastructure policy, and has advised every Australian prime minister since Robert Menzies.
News Article

Did any of them actually take any notice of his advice? Smile

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