NATIONAL SEA HIGHWAY

PO Box 2073 Caulfield Junction Victoria 3161 Melbourne Australia

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Copyright 2010 P N Brohier

 

BASS STRAIT TRANSPORT EQUALITY - A FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY

Why won’t the Federal Government target existing uncapped Federal Bass Strait passenger vehicle and freight equalisation funding to deliver a fair, basic and surface transport link, using shipping, between Victoria and Tasmania?

All cities and towns are connected to the main portion of the National integrated transport grid, save for Tasmania.

Inter-capital interstate links are Canberra's responsibility.

Canberra funds inter-capital links across deserts and mountains and punts and bridges as part of the National Highway.

This is not a case of Tasmania suffering the tyranny of distance but of discrimination based on terrain and Canberra's failure to provide equal links between all states.

Foot passengers, passengers in cars, southbound consumables, used household furniture, ancillary vehicles, northbound international exports are all not covered by existing Federal equalisation schemes. All people and freight are covered when using the National Highway. National Highway's cost our nation billions.

Federal equalisation funding seems directed by Canberra to mainly serve limited sectional interests within Tasmania and is not driving the whole economies of Victoria and Tasmania.

Bass Strait is not covered by Infrastructure Australia and transport equity and the principle of equal links between states are being ignored.

The economic impact of targeting this link can be huge and immediate, and with no shipping capacity constraints.

If it is responsible to drive the economies of all other states by land-based links, why discriminate against Victoria and Tasmania because a water crossing is involved?

The Victorian Government asked for a AusLink connection to Tasmania, and Prime Ministers Keating and Howard took significant steps to try to deliver interstate transport equity.

This is an issue about the whole of Tasmania and its linkages between states and the rest of the Nations right to National Highway access to Tasmania.

 

Peter Brohier

Chairman of the former National Sea Highway Committee

 

Evidence and submissions given by Mr. Peter Brohier and or the National Public Lobby and the National Sea Highway to the Productivity Commission's Tasmanian Shipping and Freight Inquiry 2014

http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/tasmanian-shipping

and to the PC's 2014 Labour Mobility Inquiry

http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/study/labour-mobility/submissions

may be considered relevant.

 

See also articles in the Tasmanian Times and the Hobart Mercury. Also Google Omega Transport Plan.

 

Also evidence to the Senate Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on the 18th March 2005.

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