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Greens for light rail

By johnboy - 26 July 2010 95

The Greens have lately been showing a well refined ear for what Canberrans want to hear.

Today they’ve announced that a vote for them federally is a vote for light rail in Canberra:

ACT Greens Senate Candidate Lin Hatfield Dodds has joined Senators Bob Brown and Scott Ludlam in calling for light rail for Canberra.

“Light rail is perfect for Canberra” said Lin Hatfield Dodds. “It would boost the ACT economy give us infrastructure for the 21st century.”

Ms Hatfield Dodds says residents in Gungahlin and Tuggeranong would have the most to gain from a light rail network.

C’mon Gaz, gizza light rail?

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Greens for light rail
clueless70 8:36 pm 26 Jul 10

Hi Commoner.

I’d rather vote for the Monster Raving Loony Party than for the Greens.

Yes, but if you knew something about the policies of the Greens, what would your opinion be?

sexynotsmart 8:21 pm 26 Jul 10

How about we see if we can get the bus system working for only millions before sinking BILLIONS into steel tracks, platforms, wires, switches…

sepi 8:17 pm 26 Jul 10

Trains, light rail and trams work fantastically well in other cities – like most of europe.

It seems born and bred canberrans have an unreasonable hatred of trains.

This dismissal of something unknown reminds me of when canberra went from 2 tv stations to 5, and people said it would never work in canberra because the one existing commercial channel had all the good shows.

farq 7:43 pm 26 Jul 10

How is train going to be better than a bus in Canberra again?

I say use the money to cover the costs of a better bus system that runs more often (and gets to places FASTER).

Thumper 6:46 pm 26 Jul 10

350,000 people, ACTION buses, cars, motorbikes, bycycles.

Come on people, who is going to ride this mythical beast?

cranky 6:36 pm 26 Jul 10

Good grief.

It’s happened.

I agree with Woody.

ricci 6:08 pm 26 Jul 10

Some Letters to the Editor are spot on, particularly on those issues which the major parties (including the Greens), and the CT itself, cannot bother to cover as they don’t carry enough votes or media revenue. This where a sensible, no-nonsense, practical party is required – which the Greens definitely ain’t.

Richard Bender 6:07 pm 26 Jul 10

How can an infrastructure project that will forever be on the public teat be beneficial to the ACT economy? Or is Mrs Hatfield Dodds suggesting that taxpayers from outside the ACT should subsidise the project?

Gungahlin Al said :

…Honestly, who would do a cost-benefit analysis on public transport without factoring in increased land values and therefore increased sales and rates revenues??

They probably looked at real experience, e.g. Portland in the United States, to find that people prefer to live in areas with good road access rather than good rail access. The myth of increased property values with rail is exactly that, a myth.

Woody Mann-Caruso 5:53 pm 26 Jul 10

This is the first year of my voting life I’ve looked around and decided that all of the parties are f*cking no-hopers. There’s not even a ‘lesser of two evils’, or a ‘you’re dumb but they’re dumber’. The race to the bottom must be nearing its end.

Rawhide Kid No 2 5:47 pm 26 Jul 10

YES!!!!

bd84 5:42 pm 26 Jul 10

Erg0 said :

I love it when no-hope candidates make populist promises that they know they’ll never have to fulfil. They’re selling pork barrel futures, I suppose.

You can say that again, the Greens are just after some cheap votes with policies straight out of the letters to the editor of the CT. Even more reason not to vote for them.

commoner 5:34 pm 26 Jul 10

I’d rather vote for the Monster Raving Loony Party than for the Greens. The Green (Slime) party is just a collection of whackos pushing weird left-wing causes. I wish they’d just go away.

Erg0 5:12 pm 26 Jul 10

I love it when no-hope candidates make populist promises that they know they’ll never have to fulfil. They’re selling pork barrel futures, I suppose.

Gungahlin Al 5:02 pm 26 Jul 10

Good on them. It’s a solid and professional report that makes good reading.

Clearly no such vision in the ACT Government. So it falls to the Greens to fill the void.

I’m surprised the CT report today on the Auditor General’s opinion on the ACT’s Infrastructure Australia applications didn’t mention the …woeful PWC submission on light rail.

Honestly, who would do a cost-benefit analysis on public transport without factoring in increased land values and therefore increased sales and rates revenues??

And who would start off an application for a fund that is for “shovel-ready” projects only by saying ‘nothing could start for several years’??

PeaJay 5:00 pm 26 Jul 10

Don’t tease me Greens!

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