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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I've been quoted in the Listener

I was quoted in last weeks edition of the Listener talking about Toll's plans to end the Overlander train service. I will post up a link to the article 'End of the Line' (by Sally Blundell) when the complete text is available online.

It was the first time I have been officially 'interviewed' by a journalist, so I admit I was a little nervous about being quoted saying something silly. On seeing the article, I am happy.

While its nice to see my name in there, I am much more chuffed to see the article raise issues I found when I researched Toll two years ago. Other mainstream media have appeared to want to believe the Government's spin that the deal with Toll will save rail in NZ, and do not seem to realise that the closure of the Northerner and the Overlander are at the very least partly attributable to agreements made over passenger rail at the time of the Toll rail deal.

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At 11:13 am, Anonymous Kane said...

Good one Joe. Hopefully we'll be seeing more of your research in the media in time to come!

Toll Holdings are parasites. They couldn't give a flying fuck about a good quality and cheap passenger rail service throughout New Zealand. They're more interested in the bottom line.

Any decent socialist government would just take back (through expropriation) the rail infrastructure so it is owned by the people and not some awful foreign corporate - not that local capitalists are any better.

At 3:36 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sooner the passenger rail trains are shut-down, the better. They're environmentally hazardous, expensive and a safety danger to people.


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