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Your views: on privatising trains and trams

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Today, readers comment on State Government plans to hand operation of Adelaide’s train and tram services to private operators.

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The lowest satisfaction rate for our transport systems is 80% for the privately-run buses.

At 87% (trains) and 91% (trams) these services are deemed so poor by the neo-cons that run the State Government that we must hand them over to the usual suspects.

By this calculation, surely the government must resign and call an election.

Unless of course they can demonstrate a satisfaction rating considerably better than our A-rated public transport system. – Ross Heitmann

Here we go again.

Liberal Government privatised Electricity Trust with the same lies er, promises.

Telling us the same storyline with the recent prison hive off. And now comes public transport.

Let us do away with politicians and privatise Parliament.

If they don’t perform then seek new operators by the proven method, as all voters know from the electricity con. – Antony Leahy

I suspect the real reason for privatisation is the Liberal Party’s agenda of public service reduction by stealth. – Mike Lesiw

This will, inevitably, lead to the total sell-off not just of trains and trams but of the entire public transport system.

After the Federal Government sold off Medibank Private,  the public has been subjected to massive and totally unjustified premium increases, always initially demanded by Medibank Ltd and automatically granted by the Federal Government.

The same will happen when the State Government eventually sells off the last remaining publicly – taxpayer, not the government – owned asset.

SA voters are left with a very big problem.

They cannot simply swap one greedy, bad Liberal Government for an even more greedy and infinitely worse ALP State Government because that would simply be a double disaster.

Looks like we will have no option but to vote for Centre Alliance, SABest, the Greens and Independents.

First it was the massive increase, leading to increases in council rates, of dumping fees, none of which will actually be used to address the rubbish problem, and now it is this underhand sell-off of trains and trams. – Robert McCormick

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