Friday, February 06, 2009

PPPs

Sounds like kiddies being a bit rude.

But it means a lot more to we Melburnians. Our present state government, and the last, believe heartily in Private Public Partnerships. I believe in them up to a point. I am quite happy to have private companies run food stalls at our railway stations. But oh, it gets a bit troublesome when a PPP builds a railway station.

Well, I am only thinking this. I am not really sure. Southern Cross Station is pretty good and it was built by a PPP. There was a bit of fuss, but not too much and I don't care to know the details of the intricacies of the contracts etc.

Well, I wasn't interested but since Transport Minister Kosky has buried the papers concerning the PPP and construction of Southern Cross Station until 2058, I am suddenly very interested. Will Little Jo be glowering over her reading spectacles in 2058 at the outrageous PPP who constructed Southern Cross Station. Neither me, Kosky or Brumby will be around to blame and Uncle Andrew won't have to answer the question, "How did you allow this to happen?"

Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then best bury the duck in case anyone notices it is a duck.

12 comments:

  1. Yes, the PPPs forgot to include some things in the making of the Southern Cross Station which means that certain areas have to have offices in adjacent buildings and therefore costs dollars to rent each year.

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  2. Very interesting Cazzie. Any more?

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  3. "Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then best bury the duck in case anyone notices it is a duck."

    Unless, of course, it's a pigeon with a sore throat.

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  4. If it is buried Brian, no one will know what it is.

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  5. The shitty thing about PPPs is that the Public always seem to be the ones getting screwed. Documents like these don't get buried for the sake of paperwork. The whole point of PPPs is to cover up any sort of accountability for the public, hence their popularity with both sides of government. There is no reason, NO REASON AT ALL why these contracts can't be posted on the internet. Commercial in-confidence? It's a PUBLIC project!

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  6. So much for Brumby's "open and accountable" govt with more stuff hidden than the Tricky Dicky Whitehouse bugger ups.

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  7. Hey Andrew..is your mum ok out there in Pakenham? I am thinking of everyone I know of who might be affected by these fires.

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  8. So agree Rob.

    How they change when they rule Jayne.

    She is fine Cazzie, right in town. Brother is a bit further out but he is ok too. Bone Doctor has been transferred to country for 6 months and Sister and Little Jo were at her hospital provided house when fire came to within 1km.

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  9. His about as honest and accountable as a Chinese Government prison.

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  10. Really is only a Liberal government in disguise Reuben. I am ashamed.

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  11. The four or five privately run stations on Sydney's airport line seem to be far cleaner and inviting than the rest of the stations on our City Rail system. However passengers have to pay a monstrous surcharge for the privilege of boarding and departing City Rail trains at those stations.

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  12. Yes Victor. It is cheaper to get a cab from the Cross to the airport for two than travel by train. Absurd. Have used the airport bus for a more reasonable price and the trip time wasn't too bad.

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