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.