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.
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.