Leftish think tank, the Australia Institute, has weighed into the dragway debate in today’s CT.
A couple of relevant quotes:
ACT taxpayers have good reason to ask why these types of subsidies are being offered to projects like the dragway when the evidence shows that they are likely to provide no net benefit to the community. This is particularly the case in the ACT where the Government is desperately searching for ways to balance its budget. The answer appears to be that governments are afraid of standing up to the influential tourism lobby.
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Public money spent on the dragway is money that can’t be spent on schools and hospitals. If people want a dragway, that is fine – just don’t expect the taxpayer to pick up the tab for it.