Has there ever been a proper cost-benefit analysis on this? …

Comment on LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route by Ian Sharp.

Has there ever been a proper cost-benefit analysis on this? Without some sound economic reason for endorsing this claim on scarce resources, I’m with Russell

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LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route
Hi all, Bob has emailed me a copy of the CBA, which was done by Cummings Economics in Cairns. i think you can access it via their website: http://www.cummings.net.au/
Let’s all give a read?


LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route
Hi Rex, had a look at this website, some interesting stuff, am hoping to do this route in the next couple of years. But couldn’t find any mention of CB analysis?
http://www.outbackway.org.au/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1


LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route
Well said Bob and Russell. Sorry Rex, but opportunity cost is at the heart of this (they don’t call economics the “dismal science” for nothing). Scarcity of resources is real even for governments. You are “sure” a cost-benefit analysis has been done, I would like to see it, just as a starting point for further discussion.


Recent Comments by Ian Sharp

Conservative vote: Territory Alliance up, CLP down in Johnston
Joel is not an academic, he’s been a student getting qualifications to increase his knowledge.
Academics work in tertiary institutions, teach and do research.
As well as having been a footballer at the highest level he has been a small business owner.
He grew up in The NT, and lived at Ernabella for a time with his family.
He married his childhood sweetheart, an Alice Springs girl.
Not a bad resume for an NT politician.
Better than many who have served in the NT Parliament over the years. We have had too many blow-ins on the make, the last one was the Chief Minister who oversaw the Port of Darwin lease to a Chinese company.
Joel, a Territory boy, been away, made good, back to help the NT grow in away that all benefit. More power to him.


Epistle from the inferno
Crikey, Charlie, what a harrowing time for you both. Hope things on the improve, may the rain and Todd flowing sooth you a little. Best wishes.


War on Iran must be prevented
Great comments, Kieran, spot on. The only thing Matthew had going for him was the courage not to hide behind a pseudonym. And Jonathon Pilbrow is right, we must learn the lessons from the Iraq folly. If we had a time machine we would certainly go back and make different choices. I applaud Jonathon and his group for reminding us of the risks we take in blindly following the US into conflicts where there is no prospect of a positive outcome. For anybody.


Real young people, not the faceless offender
A great read Rainer, thoughtful insights, thank you.


Aggravated assault in Alice hospital
@ Surprised! “It has been allowed to become sensitive. People are way too sensitive these days.”
It has become sensitive to some because people have deliberately used it to cause offence, likening coloured people to monkeys.
Heard it myself used in that ways by teenagers in Alice schools. As for people being too sensitive, well that’s a matter of opinion.
Perhaps people are less prepared to put up and shut up these days.
On a whole range of things. Like domestic violence, widely accepted when I was a kid, cops did not take it seriously.
Or groping in the workplace.
Or using words like nigger or coon, people call that out these days.
Toowoomba’s Nigger Brown stand, no longer? Golliwogs? Too sensitive? Perhaps.
Or social progress. Depends on the context, and how it was taken, not how it was intended.
IMHO Alice Springs is a place where it is unhelpful to be insensitive if we want things to improve over time.


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