Victoria binged almost $100 million on advertising

Victorian taxpayers were hit with a bill as the former Napthine government bombarded the public with advertisements during its desperate final months.

Tony Abbott ‘ignored advice’ over East West Link

ANAO’s East West Link report is a potentially eye-opening, rollicking read of stupidity and poor processes, released less than a week after Victorian Auditor-General’s Report on East West Link. We say “potentially” as many of us realised in 2012 that East West Links chaotic trail led back to Abbott.

Approval and Administration of Commonwealth Funding for the East West Link Project – Tabled 14 December 2015

The objective of the audit was to assess whether appropriate steps were taken to protect the Commonwealth’s interests and obtain value for money in respect to the:

approval of $1.5 billion in Commonwealth funding for stage one of the East West Link project, and the June 2014 payment of $500 million of this funding; and
approval of $1.5 billion in Commonwealth funding for stage two of the East West Link project, and the June 2014 payment of $1 billion of this funding.

Stop playing and start planning for Victoria

A magisterial editorial from The Age, the Australian Labor Party​ and Liberal Party of Australia​ et al, must stop drinking the rent seeker kool-aid when it comes to supporting megaprojects and instead build a real vision for Australian cities & transport.

The Age Editorial: Stop playing and start planning for Victoria (11 January 2016)

Victoria’s transport infrastructure requires a thorough, comprehensive plan that takes into account present and future needs.

For many years this newspaper has stood in support of projects that could remedy Melbourne’s debilitating – and ever worsening – traffic problems.

In 2013 we commented on the conflict of ideologies between then prime minister Julia Gillard and her opposing leader Tony Abbott, over whether the federal government should contribute to Ms Gillard’s favoured Melbourne Metro rail plan, of which we said it was “worthwhile for all the right reasons”, or Mr Abbott’s preferred concept, an east-west link road-building project (written about in lower-case as a notion, rather than a bona fide entity). Continue Reading…

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