Category Archives: Infrastructure Rail, Air, Sea

BIRTH OF A RAILWAY

Shortly after John Howard was elected Prime Minister of Australia in 1996, I visited him at Parliament to outline a plan that I had to build an Inland Railway from Melbourne to Darwin via Parkes, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Gladstone, Mount Isa and … Continue reading

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THE MONEY MYTH

Controversy has raged around the five million dollars in salary and bonuses paid to the Chief Executive of Australia Post and the ridiculous manner in which those who were responsible tried to hide their stupidity. Clearly, there is something wrong when the CEO of … Continue reading

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THE TRUMP TRIUMPH

Donald Trump ran the smartest, most unorthodox election campaign I have ever seen and he won an astonishing victory. Hillary Clinton did the exact opposite. Her campaign was a stunning disaster that totally lacked political nous or any understanding of … Continue reading

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Rating Malcolm

Australia has had 29 Prime Ministers – some excellent, a few worthy of special mention, many mediocre, some shockers. I thought that I would rate them while enjoying a wee dram of superb single malt scotch whisky – Lagavulin from the Isle … Continue reading

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Inland Rail: Only “red tape and political gutlessness” stopping simple project more than 100 years in making.

Feature article by Michael Madigan in The Courier-Mail  20 August 2016 IT’S a bit like our own infrastructure version of the “Yowie’’ – plenty have seen visions of it, but no-one has been able to capture this magnificent, mythical 1700km … Continue reading

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TAX CUTS & POLITICAL SUICIDE

I respect Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison. They are intelligent, astute Parliamentarians. This makes it difficult for me to understand why they have made tax cuts the cornerstone of their election campaign. They appear to believe that such cuts will stimulate economic … Continue reading

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Time has come to search for Nation Builders

To find Australia’s last nation building venture we must go back two thirds of a century to the Snowy River. We have to take our minds back the same number of years to discover a nation builder, Flynn of the … Continue reading

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Why our railways must triumph over roads.

The foundation of Australia’s growth as a nation was based on railways. They spread out like tentacles over the habitable areas of the continent from every capital city, and they were the basis on which commerce and industry were built. … Continue reading

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Infrastructure Australia must be an independent legal entity- currently no teeth, no money, no hope!

Of all the nations in G20, Australia’s record in creating modern infrastructure is the least progressive and most inefficient. There are two main reasons for this. One is that our outdated Federal Constitution leaves responsibility for infrastructure in the hands of … Continue reading

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How we have failed to build a balanced nation – disasters & solutions

Just imagine for a moment that you are standing on Possession Island in Torres Strait with Captain James Cook on August 22, 1770, while the good captain makes his declaration that the Australian Continent is a territory of the King … Continue reading

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Rail and Water Agenda for an Infrastructure Prime Minister

Article written for On Line Opinion “Under New Management” feature. I greeted with enthusiasm Tony Abbott’s election comment that he wanted to be remembered in history as Australia’s Infrastructure Prime Minister. I formed the view that his words were welcomed … Continue reading

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Is it a sin to sell a Government Asset?

More emotion is generated by the debate on Government Asset Sales than most issues that are littered around the political playground. Most of the comments are generated by the thought that there are votes to be won by perpetuating this … Continue reading

Posted in Business and Enterprise, Community and Values, Everald@Large Newsletter 2013, Funding and Finance, Government, Infrastructure Rail, Air, Sea

The Election of a Lifetime

Who will win power in September? A year ago Tony Abbott was an unbackable favourite to become Prime Minister of Australia at the 2013 Federal Election. Only Black Caviar had shorter odds. Most punters reckoned that Julia Gillard would lead … Continue reading

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Is there a prosperous future for the Australian Bush?

Have we killed the legacy of John Flynn? Out where the sun goes down, the people of the bush call him “Flynn of the Inland”. He was the man who, in the first half of the Twentieth Century, made a … Continue reading

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Sydney Airport

The debate about a second airport for Sydney again shows our failure to look at transport issues as a whole instead of making isolated decisions about one problem at a time. Had the Federal and New South Wales governments taken an overall view, they could … Continue reading

Posted in Everald@Large Newsletter 2012, Government, Infrastructure Rail, Air, Sea

How Green was my Valley?

My headline has stolen the title of a great novel that I read back in my school days. Written by Richard Llewellyn, it told the story of humble people who lived in a lovely valley in Wales where suddenly, out of nowhere, miners found lots … Continue reading

Posted in Community and Values, Everald@Large Newsletter 2012, Funding and Finance, Government, Great Food Bowl, Infrastructure Rail, Air, Sea, Mining and Resources, Population

Railways and Ports

There are a few positive advances that can be noted regarding the growth of railways as the main carriers of long haul freight in the years ahead, and for their expanding role in handling increased passenger traffic in areas of heavy population. The Australian Government has taken a further … Continue reading

Posted in Everald@Large Newsletter 2012, Infrastructure Rail, Air, Sea

Opening up the Great Australian Food Bowl

The export of the produce of Australia has always been crippled by the tyranny of distance and the high cost of covering that distance. Our national tragedy is that we have never faced-up to this fact and created a fast, efficient and economical system of … Continue reading

Posted in Everald@Large Newsletter 2011, Great Food Bowl, Infrastructure Rail, Air, Sea

We are dragging the chain on fast trains

An initial report on the cost and viability of building tracks for Very Fast Trains in eastern Australia has reached the desk of Federal Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese. It says that the establishment costs will be in excess of 100 billion dollars and that the … Continue reading

Posted in Everald@Large Newsletter 2011, Government, Infrastructure Rail, Air, Sea

Give Infrastructure Australia a FREE REIN

The infrastructure revolution that Australia so desperately needs will not occur unless all governments give Infrastructure Australia the power that it needs to build national projects with a minimum of government interference. It was originally established as an advisory body on infrastructure to Federal and … Continue reading

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