A hefty price tag attached to light rail opposition

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:32am, first published June 11 2015 - 8:54am

In warning the consortia shortlisted to build Canberra's light rail system that they will cancel any contract signed with the Barr Labor government, the Canberra Liberals have taken an extraordinary and in many respects unprecedented step. Their ploy skewers the notion that opposition parties can oppose, but not actually interfere in government decision-making. And it could create a worrying precedent in which oppositions can overturn multi-million dollar infrastructure projects, however well planned or supported by voters, on the basis that they, and they alone, believe them to be unaffordable. More fundamentally, it could undermine the Territory's reputation as a jurisdiction with a strong commitment to large public infrastructure projects as well as make the rail project more expensive.



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