Tony the infrastructure PM… WTF?

Tony the infrastructure PM… WTF?

I very nearly choked when I heard Abbott say that he wants to be known as the infrastructure PM.

This is the man (?) who rabbits on (pardon the pun) / waxes lyrical about the golden

Australian Prime Minister John Howard responds...

John Howard, saying “Just let me relieve you of that asset, I have a friend that would just love it!” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

years of the Howard government.   That’s the same government that wasted billions in middle class welfare, and left us with probably the biggest infrastructure deficit this country has ever seen.

The same government that was exposed as the most profligate government in the 200 years of Australian history.

So the first question that needs to be asked is ; “What, if anything, does an ex senior minister in the Howard government know about building infrastructure?”

Well the first thing that we notice is that his primary, if not only, focus is on roads.1_vd-20130820-abbott-408x264

Now, as a driver myself, who owned a small business in Western Sydney last century, I know first hand how long it takes to get around, and how frustrating it is when you’re stuck in traffic for hours on end.

But I have to wonder at the forward thinking ability of someone who’s  main infrastructure focus is on roads when, in this 21st century age of communication technologies, he is only offering  20th century infrastructure?   🙄   abbott-620x349

The truth is that most people now accept that climate change is a real problem that needs to be addressed, and I would have thought that the most important infrastructure projects that we, as a nation, could undertake, are those that reflect the needs of a 21st century nation, and that reduce not only traffic congestion, but also polution in our cities, and around the country.

Things like:

  1. The NBN
  2. Improved public transport, including high speed rail.
  3. Decentralisation.

There is no doubt that many of the access roads into our cities from the outer suburbs and regions need major upgrades, but the reality is that if the job is done correctly with the NBN, as in FTTP, then not only does decentralisation become a much more attractive alternative for many technology and information based businesses, but also many of the workers in these industries can do much of their work from home.

The net effect being that:

  1. If a worker doesn’t have to travel for two or more hours a day, then you would imagine that there would be a corresponding lift in productivity.
  2. The same worker would have more disposable income, as they would not be spending as much money on fuel, fares or parking etc.
  3. Congestion on the roads would be reduced, along with pollution levels.
  4. Those that still need to use the roads would experience less delays, reducing travel times and a further reduction of pollution.

If we add high speed rail and better public transport into the mix, you further improve the road access because:

  1. Many commuters would use a quicker and more efficient public transport system if it were available.
  2. As more people use a system, the costs come down, making it even more attractive.
  3. As more people use an efficient public transport system, the volumes of traffic decrease meaning that road upgrades and normal maintenance programs could be scaled back over time  freeing up public funding for blackspot upgrades, and other more essential works.

Decentralisation as a result of a 21st century NBN would have major benefits to the economy for a variety of reasons including:

  1.  Companies that move their operations to the outer suburbs or regions will, in many cases, lower their overheads and general operating costs.
  2. Workers in these industries will reduce their travel times, giving them more down time as well as a larger proportion of disposable income, due to reduced travel expenses.
  3. Property in the outer suburbs and regions are generally cheaper to buy or rent, further reducing costs for both companies and employees.
  4. Small towns and regional centres will get more opportunity to grow and improve their services in health and education as well as infrastructure.

So, are roads important infrastructure?

Yes absolutely.

In the 21st century, are roads the most important infrastructure?

I would argue NO.

With the need to address the challenges of climate change, and the information technologies revolution, by far the most important infrastructure project has to be fast and reliable internet.  Not an ad-hock scheme based on a mixture of old and new technologies that will be obsolete and need upgrading before it is even completed, but rather the best and most up to date technology available.

So while the LNP and Tony Abbott in particular ramble on about infrastructure, making out  like they know what they’re talking about, I’m afraid the best response that I can come up with is:

Tony the infrastructure PM… WTF?

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62 Responses to Tony the infrastructure PM… WTF?

  1. richo says:

    Great post Truthie, my sentiments exactly. I have not heard any infrastructure announcements from Tone apart from roads.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Richo, thanks for your comment 😎 and kind words 😀

      I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t make sense, as I’ve been on some pretty heavy pain relief over the last couple of days. 😯

      So I greatly appreciate your feedback 😀

      Cheers 😀

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      • Sandra Searle (@SandraSearle) says:

        Your article sure made sense to me Truthie. When I heard TA make that statement I nearly choked on my tea. What a stupid idiot & what does he take us all for, that’s what I would love to confront him with. Guess the only way to negate him is to definitely not vote LNP.
        You are definitely right as far as the NBN (infrastructure) being vital for decentralization.
        Our council in Wyndham is working hard to make sure that even though we are only 30 kms south west of Melbourne, we make the most of creating business hubs outside the central business district. The Westgate bridge is the main artery from the city, it has had another lane added to either side of the bridge, but it still is not able to carry the heavy traffic load coming in from the western suburbs. The Princes Hwy. carries an enormous amount of traffic & is subject to gridlocks getting in and out of all of the suburbs that link into this freeway. Its horrendous.
        So, the NBN is probably the most important infrastructure that this country should be making sure we get. It offers just so much us all, not just big business.
        By the way Truthie, I know just how the pain relief can cloud the brains. Hope things will improve for you soon. We need your comments, they are great. Thanks.

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        • Truth Seeker says:

          Sandra, thanks for your comment 😎 , kind words and your support 😀

          The thing is that when it comes to the LNP, common sense isn’t quite so “common” 😯 they just don’t get it, cos it’s all about the short term and the money, and when Abbott says he has a vision for the future, he is either sadly deluded, or just plain lying, or all of the above (which is my guess). 😦

          The scenario that you describe is replicated across the country, and needs to be fixed through forward planning, not just throwing lots of money at another bandaid.

          I hope that your recovery is going well, and that you don’t do too much too soon 🙂

          I’m a lot better today, but must also continue to take it easy for a few more days 😦

          Thanks again for all your support, and concern 😀 it means a lot 😎

          Cheers 😀

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          • Sandra Searle (@SandraSearle) says:

            My pleasure Truthie & no I’m not doing too much yet. Got to make sure that I get to vote.
            lol.

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  2. melaine says:

    Excellent work Truthie. He is several sandwiches short of a picnic our Tones. He is living so far in the past he is incapable of conceiving what is necessary for the society of tomorrow.

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    • richo says:

      Tone’s is looking forward to the release of the new Holden it’s an EH

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Mel, thanks for that 😀 I really appreciate your support 😎

      Yes, after watching him since he first made the declaration, I get the feeling that he lives in an alternate universe where technological advance is nothing more than a personal affront, and bloody inconvenience. 😯

      Cheers 😀

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  3. Fed up says:

    Abbott seems to believe that the word infrastructure is interchangeable for roads. Things like fibre and the technology for the future, is beyond him., Does not see the what Gillard did for education, as building infrastructure for the future.

    The man has no imagination, or the ability to look ahead.

    He is jealous because many see Gillard as a builder, . Wants to destroy all she built.

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  4. richo says:

    Maybe the internet is one of those things that you can’t see can’t touch. therefore doesn’t really exist. Based on the picture of him two finger typing you would have to say it is a distinct possibility

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Richo, yes, good point 😀

      Abbott is all piss and wind, with absolutely no substance 😯

      Be afraid… be very afraid! 😯

      Cheers 😀

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      • richo says:

        I am very afraid. It keeps me up at night it occupies my mind. My fb feed is pissing off people but yes I am very afraid. I just hope Bob Ellis’s predictions are right.

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        • Truth Seeker says:

          Richo, yes I also hope that Bob’s predictions are right, and my gut feeling is that he is a hell of a lot closer than the predictions of the MSM 😀

          Cos like you, I’m also very afraid 😯

          Cheers 😀

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  5. davo says:

    Firstly I don’t believe him.
    Liberal governments have never been big on public infrastructure, preferring to let their capitalist mates build and charge for it….which means it only happens when and where some spiv can make a buck.

    Secondly, infrastructure covers much more than the tangible “roads, bridges, dams” etc. What about the education, health, and financial systems?

    Last time they were in, the Libs tore the heart out of the first two and gave the third a nasty kick in the nads by pissing away the resources boom through middle class welfare leaving us with a structural deficit which will strangle us for decades.

    Infrastructure PM my arse.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Davo, thanks for your comment 😎 and you are dead right 😀

      I think we can write it off as just another of his meaningless slogans 😯

      Sadly though, there are many who will believe him because the MSM will not scrutinise his promises. 😦

      Cheers 😀

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      • davo says:

        Spot on regarding the MSM, Truthie.
        The problem is that it’s so insidious. Even if someone is not politically engaged they’re influenced by headlines on bus shelters or even when they go to check their lotto, they’re assailed by anti Labor messages just by glancing around the newsagency.
        Media diversity should have been the first order of business when Labor attained power. Now it’s too late.

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        • Truth Seeker says:

          Davo, yes, I have said for a long time that we need Canadian style truth in media legislation, because they are just telling blatant lies, and misleading the public for the sake of their own agendas 👿

          Opinion should be tagged as such, not passed off as news or fact. 😯

          Cheers 😀

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          • cornlegend says:

            Davo, Truthy.
            We can’t have
            Canadian style truth in media legislation,
            We wouldn’t have any frigging media 😀
            what about some truth in media, that way the people could still get their TV guides from the rags

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            • Truth Seeker says:

              cornie, mate that was the only reason that I used to buy the Sunday paper, but now I just use the EPG on the TV, as it just wasn’t worth paying for the papers for 😯

              But good point 😆

              Cheers 😀

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  6. cornlegend says:

    When you play a word association game,
    Abbott and infrastructure isn’t something that springs to mind.
    Abbott and Truth don’t either.
    Hope you are feeling a bit better Truthie

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      cornie, thanks mate 😀

      Yes, I haven’t had to take any pain relief so far this morning, so hopefully that will continue 😀 although it’s still there, just not as bad… so far 😉

      I hope you can take it easy this morning mate, as there’s still a week to go, and we need you firing on all cylinders 😀

      Cheers 😀

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  7. Russputin2 says:

    Truthy, Morning mate Have to point out a spelling mistake buddy. Its, ” In for A structure ”
    Tony, like all Libs, has got it “In for any structure”, that they can either assett strip or sell.

    Tony really has lost the plot, declaring all these stupid things about himself. The boy is just plain nuts. The sooner he comes out and declares himself as Pynes other boy the better.

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  8. kate ahearne says:

    Hi Truthie,

    Yes, roads, not trains; road, not ports; roads not NBN. I hope you’ll be feeling better soon. I’ll be off the air again until late Saturday or early Sunday.

    Wonderful work.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Hi Kate, thanks for your comment and well wishes 😀

      I think i’m starting to mend 😉 Just have to take it easy for a couple more days 😦

      You take care too, and will look forward to your return 😎

      Cheers 😀

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  9. davo says:

    Cornie @ 8.44am, re truth in media.

    Dead right Mate, but with candidates like Jaymes Diaz there’s always hope.
    Here’s his latest bizarre offering…

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/18717790/jaymes-diaz-does-it-again/

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  10. cornlegend says:

    Good old Jaymes Diaz.
    He has a funny way of brightening my day 😀
    Ah well back off out onto the campaign trail I go, see you after

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  11. kate ahearne says:

    Hi Truthie. Well, you’ve done it again. Well done, you – and sick, too! I’m traveling again today and tomorrow, so won’t be back on deck till late tomorrow or Sunday. I hope you’ll be feeling a whole lot better by then.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Thanks Kate 😀

      I’m starting to feel better today, so hopefully I’ll be back to normal (whatever that is) by the weekend, just in time for the grandkids on Saturday 😀

      Have a safe trip back, 😀 and I’ll look forward to your return 😎

      Cheers 😀

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  12. Russputin2 says:

    Diaz is no more stupid than Tony and the rest of them. Tony says about everything, “We dont have a policy on that, but if we did, it would be better than Labors!”, hes just a waste of space.

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  13. johnlord2013 says:

    Yes Abbott was in a cabinet that ignored infrastructure for 11years. Although I have to say hat Tony seems to be going through a few changes of late. Particularly in the area of personality.
    And I have lost your email.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      John, thanks for your comment 😎 Yes, although it’s hard trying to prove that a leopard can change its spots 😯

      Mate, I will send you an email later, probably late afternoon or after tea, as I have a fair bit on this afternoon 😦

      Cheers 😀

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  14. Truth Seeker says:

    Mel thought this would be worth having a look at, and I have to agree 😀

    This bloke has really thought about his vote, and who deserves it, and I must admit I have to agree, the party that gets his vote surely deserves it. 😯 cos they are his intellectual equals , and he is the epitome of their target demographic. 😯

    Cheers 😀

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    • melaine says:

      With MANY thanks to Bacchus who posted it at CW… really made my day! Thanks for importing it for me Truthie. Don’t know if it’s a send up but… WTH it made me laugh and right now we could all do with a bloody good laugh.

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      • Truth Seeker says:

        Mel, no worries 😀 someone also posted the link on TPS, so I think it must be doing the rounds 😆

        Certainly demonstrates the IQ required to be an Abbott follower 😀 either that or he’s on something stronger than morphine 😯

        Cheers 😀

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  15. Phil says:

    The Mad Monk’s public speaking coach. All Labor has to do is get that broadcast and ask the question . Do you really want to vote for the same party as this man?
    That was a cracker, even the dog was disturbed by that nutter

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Phil, welcome to my site 😀 and thanks for your comment 😎

      Yes the guy demonstrates all the mental prowess of… well barnaby Joyce 😀

      It’s certainly disturbing, in a sad 😦 yet funny 😆 sort of a way 😀

      I think my schnauzer could articulate better than him 😉 and he certainly makes more sense. 😯

      Cheers 😀

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  16. cornlegend says:

    I just bunged it on IA,
    what a cracker

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      good on ya cornie 😀 I think I saw it on THE PUB too 😀

      Whatever he’s on… I’d like a kilo! 😯

      Cheers 😀

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      • melaine says:

        Thanks Cornie, you really are a LEGEND! Knew I could rely on you guys to get it out there, it’s a bitch being a computer illiterate/novice haha… it’s definitely some good shit he is on alright.

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  17. cornlegend says:

    Geez, he looks just like the lib that drove me mad at the pre polls today

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  18. bundysmum says:

    He really does speak bullshit Truthy. Infrastructure my arse. This idiot has no clue and even less intention to ever do anything for this country that will be a legacy. He now has more “signature policies” than an entire raft of Michelin starred restaurants. And that simply tells you that he has no comprehension of the term “signature” as it applies.It is a lazy attempt to connect with what this moron sees as the MKR and Masterchef demographic, but none of them have a clue as to what a “signature dish” implies. I don’t reckon I will live to see a liberal govt ever do anything to advance this country, they will always be too bloody busy looking after their mates

    Another terrific article, we are so fortunate to be able to have you to say what needs to be said.I do hope that your health is improving, your commitment to the cause is remarkable and I thank you very much for your inspiration.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Bundysmum, you say the sweetest things 😳 and I greatly appreciate your support and kind words. 😎

      Yes, he’s the whole package… A moron, a fool and not only a dickhead, but a complete KNOB 😯

      And it’s great that we can all see him for what he is 😀

      I’m doing a lot better today, thanks for your concern 😀 and hopefully will have a chance over the weekend to get back on top of things, ready for the last week of the campaign 😀

      It will be a big week for all of us. 😉 and we must prevail 😀

      Cheers 😀

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  19. cornlegend says:

    bundysmum
    Geez it’s good to see you in such a kindly loving mood towards Tones today
    Good onya 😀

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  20. cornlegend says:

    What a bloody lovely way to begin the weekend.
    compliments flying everywhere
    “A moron, a fool and not only a dickhead, ”

    “wait till I decide I really hate him, then I will let loose”

    ” even the dog was disturbed by that nutter”

    “He is several sandwiches short of a picnic our Tones”

    It warms this old fellas heart.
    Onward to the battle next week

    Venceremos

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      cornie, mate I tried as hard as I could to keep it nice, 😦 I thought I did pretty well 😀

      And I also thought that Bundysmum, Mel, Phil and the rest exercised great self control 😯

      And BTW you’re right, a great way to start the weekend 😀

      Cheers 😀

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  21. cornlegend says:

    Last night I had the strangest dream.
    I’d never dreamed before …..
    Oh well, thats how the song goes.
    I’m hoping to wake up in the morning to the news that
    Charges have been laid re Ashbygate.
    Pyne has been outed.
    Thomson is found innocent.
    Video evidence surfaced of Abbott punching near the woman’s head
    the LNPs black hole is proven to be $100 Billion
    Julia made a late comeback and kicked Abbotts arse.

    I don’t want to wake up, I want this dream to continue 😀

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Mate, it’s a fine alternative to the nightmare that will be our reality if Abbott wins :mrgreen:

      Keep the dream alive mate 😀 and you never know what tomorrow brings 😯

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  22. Truth Seeker says:

    Here’s the new Get Up ad 😎

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