ELECTIONS are full of promises, which weary voters know will not be delivered.
They are made either by politicians with their fingers crossed, or with more fine print than a cyclone insurance contract — so basically designed to disappoint as soon as the election winner is declared.
As anyone who’s been to a barbecue knows — there’s a sausage and then there’s the nothingness of the sizzle.
So, to the Premier’s promise of a Bruce Highway Trust to raise and spend a billion a year on Queensland Main connector from south to north.
The fine print includes 80 per cent from the Federal government, so only $200 million from the state.
And the spending is spread across 15 years — so far into the future the promise will be forgotten while the current bunch of politicians are enjoying their taxpayer-funded superannuation.
Then there’s the usual consultant-fest — $10 million to develop a ‘strategy’
For godsake, what have the Main Roads engineers being doing for decades if not thinking and designing how to improve Goat Track One (sorry, Highway one).
We know that south of Gympie they spent lots of time and money because the last of it is about to be opened as a four-lane motorway. One section down there is having two roundabouts added at a cost of more than $300 million — more than that spent on the whole 1,300km length north of Gympie.
Coming to an election promising to upgrade the old goat track only attracts cynicism from voters reminded of the broken promises every time they hit a pothole, broken edge or sit for many kilometres, without any passing lanes, behind a queue of caravans.
So we have to put this promise on the sizzle side of the election barbecue.