Albanese writes about our need for HSR in The Guardian today. If only Albanese had cared this much while in government for 6 years. Some say Albanese went out of his way to ensure the $20mil HSR report was based on a gold plated HSR system that could only be built 50 years from now and definitely didn't include linking with any airports.
Either way it's great the media is again talking about the benefits of HSR for the country. But it is sad that Albanese waited till he was in opposition to actually step up and start advocating for HSR in Australia.
No ifs, no buts: Australia needs high-speed rail "
High-speed rail would revolutionise interstate travel, and would also be an economic game-changer. All we need is politicians with vision
" The only thing worse than being blind is having sight, but no vision."
This quotation from blind American educator Helen Keller is an excellent starting point for anyone thinking about building a high-speed railway (HSR) line down Australia's east coast.
At the superficial level, the project seems a challenge too large to consider undertaking. It is estimated the 1,748km line linking Brisbane and Melbourne via Sydney and Canberra would cost about $114bn in 2012 terms. However, studies have shown that for every dollar spent on HSR on the first section between Sydney and Melbourne, the project would return $2.15 in economic benefit to our nation.
High-speed rail would revolutionise interstate travel, and would also be an economic game-changer for dozens of regional communities along its path. That's why the politicians need to exercise vision, and think way beyond the current political cycle.
In next month's first Abbott budget, Australians will see for themselves whether the government has the capacity for forward thinking, or whether high speed rail and its economic and social opportunities are put in the "too hard" basket.
So far, the signs are not good. During last year's federal election campaign, former...No ifs, no buts: Australia needs high-speed rail | Anthony Albanese
Anthony Albanese: High-speed rail would revolutionise interstate travel, and would also be an economic game-changer. All we need is politicians...