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Tram talk a deliberate diversion from massive failure of buses

By Hank Spier 14 October 2016 21


Action buses has failed Canberra year after year, losing taxpayers $150m yearly. It is an absolute disaster for the people of Canberra.

The Government commissioned a company to analyse the running of ACTION buses. In October 2015 the company MRCagney published its report. It found that plunging passenger satisfaction combined with expensive, inflexible industrial arrangements with the TWU were the main reasons why ACTION buses were losing so much money and why ACTION was so inefficient.

The report was highly critical of the running of ACTION buses and recommended a complete overhaul of the whole network. It went further and recommended that ACTION buses be privatised.

An example of what is wrong with the network is that only 17% of ACTION revenue comes from fares. The remaining 83% comes from the taxpayer, many of which  never use an ACTION bus.

The bus network is unsustainable. So what does the Government do to divert attention from this debacle it says ”look over here – not at the buses, lets build a new tram which will solve all of Canberra’s transport problems.” What a joke but many of us fell for the trick. Now we don’t talk about the parlous state of the buses we just talk about the tram. To a large extent the trick worked but in practical terms it didn’t. ACTION is still a basket case and will continue to be unless something serious is done about it and government takes on the might of the TWU.

If Canberra goes ahead with the tram there are 2 things we know for sure. First, instead of 17% of revenue coming from fares, that figure will drop to 10% of revenue coming from a combined bus/tram network fares. This means the taxpayer will go from subsidising the losses from 83% to 90%. And second it will bankrupt the Territory.

No one in their right mind would support the building of the tram in Canberra.

Written and authorised by Lucinda Spier, Canberra Community Voters Party.

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dungfungus 1:28 pm 01 Nov 16

JC said :

dungfungus said :

If that is the case then if and when the Brumbies are no more, Action will lose that revenue.

I am not “praying” for anything but all Canberrans have been “paying” for the Brumbies existence to date and they still can’t make ends meet.

Any further subsides to professional sporting teams should be individual/voluntary.

The issue with the Brumbies if you read that article is internal Australian Rugby politics and the desire of the Super Rugby comp to ditch an Australian side, having just expanded into new markets. The ARU, and NSW in particular has always hated the Brumbies as we beat them to the first Australian title. Also remember when the ACT side got kicked out of the NSW comp and had to compete in the QLD comp instead?

You can read what you like into the politics of the ARU but the situation the Brumbies find themselves in is of their own doing and it has strong parallels with the demise of the Canberra Cannons mens basketball team.

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