Category Archives: Queensland Rail

Inquiry should consider contestability and privatisation of QR services

One of the alleged benefits of public provision of services is that levels of service and reliability are higher than for private provision, but the crisis engulfing Queensland Rail at the moment suggests we should question that purported benefit. It … Continue reading

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Goss Government was strong on economic management, possibly to its political detriment

It was sad news indeed today that Wayne Goss has died at what is now a relatively young age of 63. He certainly made a fine contribution to Queensland during his years as Premier. In addition to the electoral and … Continue reading

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Govt should embrace Costello Commission of Audit privatisation recommendations

Unsurprisingly, the Peter Costello-led Queensland Commission of Audit has recommended privatisation of a large number of Queensland Government assets, as reported in the Courier-Mail this morning: SELL assets or spend the next half a century paying off debt. That is … Continue reading

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Citytrain reliability should be an election issue

This may be a case of kicking a dead dog, but the Queensland Government needs to explain why Citytrain has become so unreliable, as evidenced by this statement on the Translink website this morning: Train services have resumed after a … Continue reading

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Qld economy will easily hit Bligh’s 100,000 new jobs target

Given the massive amount of resources sector investment in the pipeline, I have no doubt the Queensland economy will rebound strongly and prove wrong pessimistic stories such as this one: Anna Bligh’s target of 100,000 new jobs in jeopardy amid … Continue reading

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QR should aim for value for money in train purchases and ignore pro-Maryborough lobbying

Train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation is a major contributor to Maryborough’s economy, employing around 300 people or 3% of Maryborough’s workforce. Hence there is a lot of interest in the outcome of a recent request for tenders to build 200 trains … Continue reading

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SEQ mayors’ infrastructure wish list

The South East Queensland (SEQ) Council of Mayors released its infrastructure wish list today. Two proposed projects stood out to me as representing great value. My favourite proposed project is the: Darra to Springfield Rail Extension (to Redbank Plains) ESTIMATED COST: … Continue reading

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