Where do the feds get the money from PIM? The feds have the money because they are the collectors of TAX in this country. If NSW collected tax instead of the federal government then we would absolutely be self funded and Victoria would likely be the same. The other states and territories on the other hand not so much.Clearly we're in furious agreement on the tax matter, just trying to bring some numbers to the table as I usually do.
In any case my issue is not with how the states are funded but solely with Vinelander's claim about Victorian tax money being spent in NSW. What proof is there of this? Does he think that we don't pay tax north of the border? Has Daniel Andrews been secretly giving NSW money that we don't know about?
Geelong is a simple solution. Run the overhead the extra 40km's from Werribee to Geelong and build the new trains with seats capable of handling 1 hour journeys and make them capable of 160km/h just like the vlocity.
I think you're showing your lack of knowledge of the situation though with your Werribee solution. Werribee trains are effectively full and thanks to the madness that is the Altona Loop and Williamstown there's room for maybe 1 additional service at best in the mornings there. Then you have Geelong itself, which even without Wyndham Vale and Tarneit is running full trains. So there's no way they could be combined/extended on the current infrastructure.
Similarly, just stringing up wires via Wyndham Vale doesn't help at all because there is a track capacity issue on the up side of Sunshine.
So extra capacity via some route inbound of West Werribee Junction is necessary. There is provision for a second surface pair along the Tarneit route which makes that the obvious solution. Then you just have to deal with the Sunshine section.
The state government policy on this is good, as discussed at length above, and so it just needs to be funded (bringing things full circle). If ScoMo's $2b can go towards it, excellent. Just tell him it's a "fast train" and let him cut the ribbon if he's still around in 2030 and he'll go home happy.