A key Greens party policy spruiked by them before the election to construct a high-speed rail link between Brisbane and Melbourne would cost up to $187 billion (1700 kms by $110 million per km) and provide marathon six hour journeys between the two centres.
Documents obtained by Seven News under a Freedom of Information Act application prior to the federal election show the responsible Minister Anthony Albanese had commissioned a departmental study that cast serious doubt over the viabiility of the proposal.
Despite this the government â€“ in an attempt to play echo politics with the extremist Greens party â€“ pledged $20 million of taxpayersâ€™ money to a feasibility study even though our population density and the vast distances between these cities mean high-speed rail does not create a viable alternative to air travel.
The other enthusiastic boosters of this policy have been the LaRouchite lunar right in the Citizens Electoral Council which is convinced Queen Elizabeth II runs a heroin operation. An intriguing prospect, perhaps only slightly less likely than the prospect of a high-speed rail link being built between Melbourne and Brisbane.
Before the election Bob Brown complained that he couldnâ€™t get his partyâ€™s policies costed by Treasury. For once, we agree with him. Greens party policies should be costed and those costings made publicly available before elections in the way that is meant to occur with the major parties.
Then weâ€™ll see the whites of their lies. And the true cost of their nutty policies.
Just one of their policies would cost $187 billion and give us a service few would choose to use because it will take three times the time of existing air services.
With Bob Brown playing an increasing role in the government, now as a co-deputy-chair of the committee examining a carbon or electricity tax, these are the kind of barking-mad ill-considered and uncosted policies that are being forced on a Labor government.
The Greens bubble is set to burst as the world grows weary of the expensive fad but the question for the Prime Minister is what political price will she pay when it does.
If sheâ€™s seen to jack up household electricity bills and undermine jobs with a tax on electricity and run up generation-shafting debt on crazy schemes like high-speed rail links the nation doesnâ€™t need and wonâ€™t use.
The ideological obsessions of the Greens party that deem state-ownership good, private enterprise bad, expensive wind/solar energy good, inexpensive coal bad and zero-carbon nuclear evil, trains good, planes bad and cars wicked and so on are ultimately indulgences the country can no longer afford.
A Labor government dependent on people like this â€“ that takes its riding instructions from gimmick-merchants like Bob Brown â€“ will soon perish from the Earth and deserve everything it gets.