by Ross East­gate

Townsville Bulletin - - The Form -

Ross East­gate is a mil­i­tary his­to­rian, writer and jour­nal­ist spe­cial­is­ing in de­fence. A grad­u­ate of Dun­troon and the Army Com­mand and Staff Col­lege, he has served in the Mid­dle East, PNG and East Timor. ola­tion of party dis­ci­pline’’ al­legedly stems from claims of corruption and graft re­lated to the Min­istry of Rail’s ex­ten­sive busi­ness in­ter­ests.

Com­pare China’s in­vest­ment in rail in­fra­struc­ture and ca­pa­bil­ity with that of Aus­tralia and a very dif­fer­ent pic­ture emerges.

Noth­ing il­lus­trates Aus­tralia’s sorry track record of rail in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment bet­ter than the re­cent Queens­land floods.

Dam­age to tracks in­land and along the east­ern sea-

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