Fast-tracking transport reforms: introducing competitive pressures throughout Australia's land transport industries

This study clearly shows our transport systems - our roads, railways and ports - are highly inefficient and thereby costly. Compared to our international competitors, they deliver goods more slowly, with a poorer quality service and at a vastly inflated cost. Transport should provide the user, business as well as individuals, with a smooth chain of services, from pick-up, through various terminals and line-hauls, to final delivery. In Australia, the weakest links in the transport chains are the public railways, which have legislative protection from competition, extract monopoly rents from exporters, and still lose over $4 billion per annum. Road freight cannot compete with rail on a fair basis, as its taxes and charges are designed to generate revenue without any regard to providing pricing signals to guide investment and maintenance decisions affecting roads. Ports suffer from lack of competition - both internally and between ports - so that externally-imposed efficiency gains are not passed on to users. This report proposes a specific action agenda for ongoing reform based on fair intermodal competition so as to bring our transport systems up to world best practices.

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    Access Economics

  • Publication Date: 1992-9


  • English

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  • Pagination: xiii + 105p

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  • Accession Number: 01433284
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 909865442
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:32PM