A Wish List on Roads
Interest groups and advocacy organisations should have learned by now you cannot hit a government with a wish list of proposals totalling $44 billion and expect to be taken seriously.
The NRMA has made a submission to the O’Farrell government for next Tuesday’s budget doing precisely that – running up a total, in fact, of $44 billion. All the roads they can think of; just find $44 billion.
Interest groups need to do two things: first, prioritise. That is, say “In an ideal world we would like the following…” but quickly add that in the next four years our priority is… one or two items from the list.
Second, they need to answer questions about cost. The most potent submissions governments get are those which include a funding source.
The NRMA’s submission would be serious if it argued for a levy or a new tax source to fund absolutely necessary road proposals.
This advice applies to any group seeking extra resources off government. It would apply to the disability organisation as much as to an infrastructure lobby. Prioritise and address funding.