Tasrail neither fish nor fowl
Your political class registered it as Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd. If rail went belly up, it was at arms length, deniable, and the Minister had a convenient board of directors, and "free enterprise" management to blame and take the heat.
A Propriety Limited Company has no legal disclosure requirement for its operations. Tasrail's web site is pure civil service, and gives the impression that it is a government department.
All well and good, but someone should tell the Minister that in Pty. Ltd. companies, the directors are responsible for the purchasing decisions, and legally they are not required to go down the farcical and expensive trail of calling EOI's, then tenders, for a handfull of locomotives.
The boards and management of the mainland rail companies must be killing themselves laughing at Apple Isle antics, no wonder all of the two headed jokes.
The Government are control freaks (or the Minister is playing at trains), why would you decree that a nominally private company go through the full civil service procurement procedure, for what should be no more than a $20 to $30 million dollar exercise?
Rail in Tasmania is now obviously seen as a social service, run at a cost to the taxpayer, as two nominally lean and mean private operators have not managed to make profits out of it. How can Tasrail do better, especially if blinkered and strait-jacketed by government governance?
The delays in the procurement (overseas jollies looking at the short-listed builders capacity?), must be adding to the overall cost, and the reason for the purchase of tired iron out of Queensland, to cover delays.