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BZE: How we found high speed rail to be commercially viable

Guest writer Gerard Drew from Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) explains the reasoning behind the organisation’s contention that east coast High Speed Rail line would cover its operating and capital costs

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High Speed Rail: too good to be true?

A new report contends an 1800 km Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne High Speed Rail line could be operating in 10 years. Moreover it would cover all its operating and capital costs. Fact or fiction?

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High Speed Rail: would it run down Australia?

Kevin Rudd is the first Australian Prime Minister to commit to High Speed Rail but it’s no more sensible an idea for this country now than it was when first proposed by the CSIRO 30 years ago

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Is High Speed Rail a no-brainer or a boondoggle?

The Greens want to accelerate construction of High Speed Rail between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Many progressives take it as given that HSR is obviously a good thing, but is it?

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So high speed rail would increase carbon emissions?

The Federal Government’s new report on High Speed Rail says it won’t reduce greenhouse emissions in the east coast corridor relative to the Base Case. In fact it concludes it will actually increase them!

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Would high speed rail really make Australia better off?

Australians love the idea of high speed rail but the report released yesterday for public consultation by the federal government shows it would be a very poor way of spending public money

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Will High Speed Rail save the cities and develop the regions?

Taking growth pressures off the city fringe while simultaneously developing the regions is one of the key arguments used to support proposals for a High Speed Rail network on Australia’s east coast. But is it a cost-effective way of doing either?

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What are the benefits of east coast High Speed Rail?

The Greens released a report this week claiming an east coast High Speed Rail line would deliver benefits of $48 billion. Trouble is, it would cost much more than this to build and would mainly benefit regional leisure travellers

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Seriously, can Canberra really be Sydney’s second airport?

Barry O’Farrell and Canberra Airport believe High Speed Rail will allow Sydney’s second airport to be located 250 km away in Canberra. Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, reckons the idea is outrageous.

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High Speed Rail: if they’ve got it, shouldn’t we?

It was a hot issue at the start of 2011, but there hasn’t been much discussion of High Speed Rail (HSR) in the public domain since the first phase of the Federal Government’s study was released more than a year ago.

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