If all we are considering is roads in Central Australia …

Comment on Coalition promise: $33m for Outback Highway through Alice by Ian Sharp.

If all we are considering is roads in Central Australia (big if), it may be that completing the sealing of the Tanami is a higher priority than the Outback Way? Scarce resources should go where they will produce the most economic and social benefit, not to the noisiest lobby group.

Ian Sharp Also Commented

Coalition promise: $33m for Outback Highway through Alice
Crikey, poor old pollies. Basic premise if economics is unlimited material wants and how best to satisfy them.
Liberal candidate in western Sydney highlights traffic hold ups there, even blames refugees!
NT govt cuts teachers out of high schools, federal coalition promises billions for rolled gold parental leave system, yet cutting the school kids bonus and heaven knows what else.
Opportunity cost is the most basic principle of any economic system. All very well for us all to call for funding for our pet projects, but we don’t always really see the big picture and the needs of others.
I’m not sure the Outback Way would be high on my list of priorities. How does the cost benefit analysis stack up against other priorities? And while I think of it, the new Alice Springs rail overpass! Crikey!

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Crikey! You used to be able to visit the conservation reserve and picnic at the tables and seats right near the base security gate.
Long before the new Turnback sign we used to ride from Alice to the gates and return, a good 50km workout.
A few years ago a friend of mine was on a walk with other members of the Alice Field Nats when approached about what they were doing in the conservation reserve, not taken kindly.
Who draws the boundaries, how do they get extended? Get stuck into them Erwin, more power to your arm.

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Sad all round. Hope everyone can just put it all behind them and move on, Council business should be the priority. Let’s not go down the American route, formal complaints and litigation, soon we’d all need personal therapists and a legal team.

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@ Gareth: I’m with Erwin on this one. Clearly labelled “comment”.

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@ Charlie Carter: Took your advice to John Bell, re-read Marcias’ article. Easily found. Puts a lot in perspective. Cheers.

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Well said, Alan Harrison.

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