Not according to pro-speed campaigners, who are agitating for governments around the country and around the world to raise speed limits, particularly in rural areas and on stretches of high-quality highway.
They passionately argue boredom and frustration, rather than speed, are the main killers when people are travelling between isolated rural communities.
With car safety rapidly improving, they see remote parts of western NSW and Queensland, the Nullarbor, north-west Victoria and parts of Western Australia and South Australia as prime candidates for a substantially increased speed limit. Some advocate the total removal of speed limits on these types of roads as a way of reducing the road toll.
Archive for October, 2009
The Great 2012 Scare – and What You Need To Know
What you basically need to know is that it is all a load of “You Know What.”
So we can all sleep a lot more easily tonight.
Thanks to Sarah Jane Pell for the link
Liberal Senator George Brandis recently gave the Alfred Deakin lecture.( The transcript was published in the Australian.) He went to considerable length to position the party as the party of freedom, something Malcolm Turnbull has also been pushing. At the same time he distanced himself from the conservatives, especially Tony Abbott.
Dear Senator Brandis,
Today I read your recent Alfred Deakin lecture and was moved to write to you.
Personally I don’t regard conservatism as a political philosophy. I regard it as a world view based on practicality, compromise and common sense. Conservatives don’t appose change but they are sceptical of it. As such conservatism is not exclusive to any party , Labor leaders like Wran and Hawke were conservative. As the Australian mainstream is essentially conservative a political party has to conservative to succeed.
I read Mr Abbott’s book but as a small government liberal, I was disappointed by his big government, centralized government approach. In my view the end result would be big taxes and increased bureaucracy. We would eventually end up with a nation wide version of the NSW Rees government.
However to his credit, practical conservative Tony Abbott did provide policy options for various social issues everything from extending Medicare to include dental work to paid maternity leave for mothers.
I think its up to you and other self declared liberals of the party to come up with a proper response to “Battle lines”. The conservative in me wants to know how different would your policies be? What different direction would they take?
I have been assured by House of Representatives members that Senators don’t have much to do so perhaps you can turn on the word processor and come up with some liberal policies.
Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger typically attaches a message to bills he signs or vetoes telling law makers why he took the action.
A Democratic assembly man who heckled the governor during a recent event in San Francisco actually received two messages: the veto letter itself and a not-so-subtle rebuke creatively hidden within it.
Like a find-the-word puzzle, the second message was visible by stringing together the first letter of each line down the left-hand margin. It consisted of a common four-letter vulgarity followed by the letters “y-o-u”.
The letter is here.