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The Liberal and National Party have revealed how out of touch they are with the electorate by dragging out their obsession with law and order policy and attempting to use the diehard political manipulation of fear in their election policy.
This exhibits a complete lack of imagination and connection with the community.
The Liberal National Party lost considerable trust, respect and integrity with their reluctance to embrace public transport and I emphasis PUBLIC TRANSPORT not private transport.
The party's attempt to get V/Line into a position to privatise it and the complete stuff up with the Regional Rail on the Bendigo line at Albion Station and the Liberal National Party cancellation of extra VLocity carriages, certainly diminish their credibility and capacity to meet community expectations, demands and aspirations.
The Peter Ryan's fabrication and deception with the Bendigo - Geelong Rail Link and his gold plated report to get himself off the hook also places the Nationals in a position of questionable trustworthiness.
The mess that the rail network is in is totally attributed to the Kennett/Stockdale Liberal National Party Government that put rail back in Victoria 30 years and will take a considerable amount of expenditure and investment to recover over coming decades.
The act of complicity by the Kennett/Stockdale decision to close country rail lines, privatise them and to deny country people access to passenger and freight rail services has been indelible carved into the memory of country voters.
There is questionable credibility in the Lobster Mobster dining Opposition Leader's integrity and trustworthiness and their Nixonesque five o'clock shadow does very little to project a sense of confidence in their abilities and capabilities.
The regional and country voters a fed up with Melbourne City Centric politicians and those country politicians who faine interest in their own electorates and are content to just go along with party lines for the sake of their own political careers.
Expenditure on corporate logos and regularly changing the paint work of locomotives and passenger carriages does not contribute to an effective reliable and punctual rail service.
It is expenditure that should be directed towards improved operations and additional carriages.
Victoria is 91 freight trains short and has an extra 4,000 trucks on the road.
This imbalance in freight transport can be traced back to 1996 when the Kennett / Stockdale government shifted 6.3 million tonnes of intrastate freight and served it up on a silver platter to the Road Transport Industry and closed V/Line Freight.
The shortage of freight trains can also be traced to rail freight operators failing to invest in infrastructure especially rolling stock and locomotives and the decision to retrench locomotive drivers that has now created a shortage.
Rail Transport is front and central in the coming state election and will be for some time to come and any politician who believes differently, is delusional and completely out of touch with the community and their electorate.
Public Relations Manager
Rail Revival Alliance Victoria
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