Lib Policy: Don’t Look for Detail
Hang on, one might ask, is this a commitment ? Or a thought bubble ?
David Hensher, one of the consultants at last night’s Herald forum, is quoted saying a tunnel under Military Road is the only way to deliver time savings for bus commuters. Yet this fact stands out : there is no commitment to such a tunnel in Coalition policy.
I consulted Mike Baird’s speech in parliament on bus rapid transport delivered on September 2009. It makes no commitment – indeed no mention – of fly-overs or tunnels, let alone the big ticket item of an extra crossing for The Spit. If as Treasurer he calls for expressions of interest from the private sector – he asked the government to do so – he will quickly find that the required toll to partly subsidize a private tunnel would be exorbitant. Certainly that is what the present government found.
It is passing strange that with 16 years in opposition and with responsibility for the region in parliament the Libs have put no flesh on this particular policy bone. No identified route. No plan for fly-overs. No outline for a private sector tunnel.
They can enjoy broad grins, though, that nobody in the media has thought of pressing them for detail.