These services are as essential today as they were 40 years ago. It is obvious that the state governments see them as a burden despite the contribution that they make to the economy of the states by providing services for those living in the regions, backpackers, tourists and seasonal workers.
Trains such as the Indian Pacific and the Ghan operated by private companies are there for the top end tourist trade and now have no interest in operating services for the average traveller and make no effort to be a competitive option to air travel and buses.
There is a need for services to operate between the capital and major cities of the nation.
Queensland, NSW and Victoria all operate regional services but they are all stepping back from providing services on a regular basis. that tie the nation together