How Rudd could beat Coalition (letter)by Kevin O'NeillNews Weekly
, March 3, 2007
Malcolm Turnbull has been in Parliament for dog-watch, but he is now a Minister and has produced a workable blueprint for control of our limited water resources and extracted a $10 billion dollar promise from the Prime Minister for his plan.
On the other hand, Australia, a wealthy nation with thriving, overgrown cities has a third world rural land transport infrastructure problem that has been the subject of innumerable reports for a hundred years.
The Australian wheat-growers' precious single-desk marketing tool is wrongly saddled with the alleged corruption of AWB.
The single desk as a marketing tool was developed by farmers as a successful way of getting their wheat profitably on to the world market and is unrelated to the business procedures of AWB.
Instead of its great value being forthrightly defended, it is, with exceptions, more often damned with faint praise.
There is total confusion in rural Australia about the need for rail reform and for defending the marketing needs of the wheat industry.
If Kevin Rudd can rein in the extremist fringe of politics — who would do away with coal exports and nuclear power — and give a clear lead in respect of rural rail standardisation and defence of the single desk, the fat will be in the fire for the Coalition.Kevin O'Neill OAM,