Agree. Like I said, give the customer what they want or suffer the consequences. Bugger what happens overseas. There is no point in installing fold down tables in a commuter train without any meal service. Long distance regional trains such as the XPT and Explorer are a different matter.
Books, Laptops and other electronic devices.
The tray tables still get heavily used the ICE's to gympie and nambour, everyone who gets on and off at caboolture loves using them.
The fixed seats offer so much more flexibility than the fixed seats. It means they can be more than 2 charging socket per row, the tray tables, better graffiti and vandalism resistance. It goes on.
Literally everywhere else in the world can do it, why does sydney need to be special. Tangara's and C sets are different because they made the seating fixed but it didn't offer anything in return for the customer. They took away a feature but didn't add any more.
The new seats will be adding far more than the removal of the reversible seating will take away.