Friday, August 24, 2007

Oh well...

It looks as if the change at the top has not made any difference to the enthusiasm of the Labor government for pouring our hard-earned into inefficient private enterprise.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Melbourne-trains-trams-up-for-grabs/2007/08/21/1187462256340.html

And that can only mean more of the same for Melbourne's long-suffering commuters. Luckily it appears that a couple of totalitarian government operators are interested in taking up the challenge. Who knows, if Singapore's SMRT wins the bid over Connex we might be able to convince them to broaden their portfolio - then we'd see some efficiencies around Victoria!

After the failed "Don't hold others back" campaign, I see the latest push from Connex is a broader campaign to educate us to be better commuters. Don't fart, don't spread your legs, don't wear a backpack, don't put on make-up, don't talk on your mobile, don't listen to an iPod etc. Maybe Singapore's SMRT already has control?

http://www.martinmerton.com/index.html

9 Comments:

Blogger sueglossy said...

If you ask me, I think whoever's funding these patronising and useless ads should reveal themselves and be berated. Telling passengers to not hold each other back and promoting a fascist and conformist 'etiquette' on PT is obscene and incongruous.

Oh, and the GAMUT conference mentioned on the PTUA site was a success. I didn't, however, get a chance to question the IPA on its pro-privatisation and global warming skepticism. Oh well....

24 August, 2007 17:56  
Blogger Moorecat said...

At least it's not our taxes at work, just our train fares.

How many drivers could have been trained for the cost of these ads?

Oh, well...

24 August, 2007 22:17  
Blogger sueglossy said...

I would love to know who funded the patronising ads. They deserve to be berated for their prodigal and pointless expenditures.

27 August, 2007 17:21  
Anonymous grandebleu said...

Honestly? If SMRT *were* indeed to win the bid it would be a 110% improvement. I'd take efficiency and punctuality, rules or not, over the crap Connex is dishing at the moment, thank you very much.

28 August, 2007 04:43  
Blogger sueglossy said...

Someone suggested on my blog (on the post where I talked about him) that he isn't a real person. Curious.....

04 September, 2007 18:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say no more:

http://tinyurl.com/2znklq

10 September, 2007 22:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's wrong with half of this "Don't fart, don't spread your legs, don't wear a backpack, don't put on make-up, don't talk on your mobile, don't listen to an iPod etc.". A lot of fellow passengers are so thick skinned that any improvement would be good. Maybe a "totalitarian" operator would infuse some manners.

12 September, 2007 23:53  
Anonymous pt4me2 said...

Yo have you seen www.pt4me2.org.au?

You are welcome to spread the whinge.

13 September, 2007 16:51  
Blogger sueglossy said...

Nice site on the pt4me thing. I'll add it to my blog.

13 September, 2007 18:23  

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