Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Are you sure Minister?

Victoria's new public transport minister is off to a fine start. Ms Lynne Kosky wants to keep the private company running Melbourne's transport system.

The Minister for Public Transport does not want to be in the business of running trains. I would have thought that she may have a little time on her hands then.

The government's target of having doubling public transport trips by 2020 is now 'aspirational'!

This one really gets me. She talks of relaxing penalties on the private compay for late running. We are too focused on punctuality, she says. Well minister, we would be less focused if there was a better service frequency. When there is a train every thirty minutes or more on a busy line in the evening peak, are you surprised that we focus on punctality?

If the private company was getting the system right, then no one would care two hoots, but I don't think too many people would agree that it is.

You see Ms Kosky, private companies are in business to make money. There is nothing wrong with this. That is how our society functions. But private companies and the provision of an essential service don't really sit well together, in my opinion of course.

But no matter. Since you won't be running the trains and taking responsibility for them, pop your feet up on the desk and get your crochet out.


  1. Anonymous7:24 pm

    I completely agree. It never particularly concerned me when I was over seas or just working down the road, but now I catch the train to and from uni everyday during peak hour.

    THREE trains were cancelled between 9 and 10 this morning from Canterbury Station, but a "cancelled" service then stopped at our station as a "stopping all stations", then turned into a "city loop express" leaving a whole train full of thoroughly confused commuters.

    Then we are stuck in the city loop for twenty minutes while the "over-loaded" trains make their way slowly through.

    Late for my lecture? Blame connex.

  2. Feel for you Rosanna, but I guess you better get used to it.

  3. There's one very good thing about Ms Kosky being the Minister for Transport.

    She's no longer the Minister for Education.

  4. ... and when was the last time Lynne used PT for anything other than a photo opportunity?

    When did she last stand at a station hoping the train would be there on time so she won't miss the Cabinet meeting where she will be recommending a relaxed and comfortable outlook on punctuality penalties?


  5. She is using the train to travel to and from work. See how long that lasts.

  6. Does the term "tokenism" readily come to mind?

    Or am one being too, too cynical?

    By their deeds and commitment over the long haul be they judged!