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Parliamentary Speeches, Debates and Public Statements about the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway since Self - Government

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Title

Parliamentary Speeches, Debates and Public Statements about the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway since Self - Government

Creator

Hawthorne, Marilyn; Northern Territory Library. Parliamentary Library Service

Collection

Research Papers; ParliamentNT; Research paper; no. 2

Date

2000

Notes

Contact Library & Archives NT for this resource; Made available by via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT)

Language

English

Subject

Railroads -- Northern Territory; Railroads -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Railroads -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Railway

Publisher name

Northern Territory Library

Place of publication

Darwin

Series

Research paper; no. 2

File type

application/pdf

Use

Atttribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Northern Territory Government

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/83440

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/356590

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We see in some of the TV ads promoting national pride that near enough is not good enough. A picket fence would never have been good enough for the Great Wall of China and an upgraded highway will never be good enough to take the place of a railway that genuine Australians with a vision for the future and for the nation have seen as a vital aspect for most of the past century. By the way, the report does not state that social costs are small. The underlying theme of this report is that the Page 310 road will do the same job as the railway for less money. I do not accept that. But, my understanding is that we would have been given the road anyway. This business of its being an and-or situation is a result of the Hawke government's soft-shoe shuffle of broken promises. The deal he wants is for us to sell out the Territory so far as the railway is concerned and our jelly bean for being good boys is a road a few years early. The social audit was conducted by the inquiry; it was a cost-benefit analysis. The Hill Report eventually decided: 'Taking together the results of the investment analysis and the social audit, the railway represents a poor investment choice'. The missing disclaimer in that statement is: 'a poor investment choice based on the figures and logic of the Hill Report'. By using the Hill Report figures, the railway will not make a profit. But even if that is correct - and this government just simply will not wear that - we must remember that the current Commonwealth Minister for Transport is quoted at page 183 of the report as saying: A social audit 'improves the functioning of the market, costing all elements in the provision of a service. It does more than this, for it takes into account all economic, environmental and social benefits associated with a service, hence widens the calculation of benefits beyond the narrow concept of profit alone. Thus services to country people, other disadvantaged regions and many passenger services, which are not profitable in a narrow commercial sense, will be valued according to their wider social benefits'. The Hill Report simply has not done this. In an earlier speech, the honourable minister said: Social audit would determine the most socially optimal system to fulfil each task. It is regrettable that, at present, the transport system chosen tends to be selected on the criteria of what yields the highest short-term return. How two-faced can you be? If every major project in Australia was based on the criteria which yield the highest short-term returns, we would have none. Why does the minister oppose this railway? Let me quote another prominent federal ALP member, the Hon C.J. Hurford. This is also in the report: One of the lessons of history is that it is easy to underestimate the potential volume of traffic on a new transport link. For example, consider the trans-Australia railway between Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie, born of government agreements at federation, built in the early part of the century and funded by a fiduciary issue when the population of Western Australia was less than 300 000. That undertaking must have seemed to many to have been the height of folly. A year after completion, the total annual tonnage conveyed on that railway was 120 000 t. Now, 65 years later, the railway link serves a total population of 1.3 million and carries 1.25 million tonnes a year, over 70% of the land transport task on the Port Augusta-Kalgoorlie corridor. It has become a most important element in the Australian National Rail network, and operates profitably in competition with road transport operations on modern


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