Sydney, pearl of the Pacific, has been a famous world city for just over a century, but what a century it was that

  • started with the Federation of the Australian States, relieving a misery of drought and posing the question, if we could achieve national government, why cannot we fix decrepit Sydney?
  • proceeded through the world’s first planning enquiry into building a magnificent transit legacy that met its purpose – urban eugenics or “healthy bodies in healthy suburbs”, and
  • delivered the Opera House and 2000 Olympics as well as sporting, political and academic heroes.

Along the way it co-lead the world in the creation of national parks, female emancipation and universal suffrage, and fair taxation.  Modal succession from trams to heavy trains left the usual type of mis-forgotten myths and under-appreciation by the beneficiaries.  There were glorious highs but inevitable stresses, and happily the direction was forwards.

It leads no longer.  Many lost confidence in high-capacity trains as our leaders visited Asian cities that had retro-fitted light metro trains, and as Asian interests started to acquire our assets.  Many thought also that retro-fitting bus systems with trams might “transform” suburbs.  NSW suffered the same diminution in its executive ranks as budget-cutting pushed out the best officials, first, and as the proportion of politicians from “real” jobs fell.

Sydney only achieved its landmark reforms because enough of its leaders fought hard for their City.  The opposite is now the case, with the post-1945 generation of great men and women all but moved on.  It has been said that “those who don’t understand history are bound to repeat its mistakes”.  The lesson most relevant is that John Daniel Fitzgerald’s eyes saw the truth about slums and his brain thought straight;  while he had the support of great men and women.

Facing a community psyche that believes that living costs and congestion are suffocating the current generation and imperilling future ones, and despite their worst efforts, the political manipulators cannot hide a “real” planning catastrophe where

  • massive, even unprecedented amounts of capital are expended on Big-Ticket projects, only to find that
  • all the money is going into 5% or less of population growth over just 15 years, and possibly none past that; while
  • cheaper, faster and more effective options were stamped “ verboten” by the spinmeisters.

This is of CRITICAL MASS magnitude.  Pamphleteering was a dominant mode of engagement in Dickensian times and onwards to when they were printed in the Daily Telegraph, notably JD Fitzgerald’s municipal reform ideas (then book) just before Federation.

This pamphlet is the work of a highly educated and well-experienced loyalist of Sydney’s reform heroes who has been de-legitimised by inner circles of influence who rip-off his Intellectual Property regardless.

As an historian and futurist of this great city, I am not staying silent.  Now that the NSW and Federal Government\s have plagiarised my work, I’ve upped the octane.

Malenomics

Malenomics” is a zone where the proper principles of economics are discarded and the power elite’s meritocracy imposes hidden tests which bear no relationship to economic, social and environmental improvement parameters as developed, for example, by Sir Rod Eddington in London and Melbourne.

Malenomics rejects proper planning and community engagement, and its tests correlate with the hidden world of HK long-term, intra-corporate manoeuvrings, and multi- layered non-decisionmaking cultures.  Projects are taken off-Budget and slid into political gifting through such un-elected agencies as the “Greater Sydney” Commission.

This is more than an hypothesis:  the gap in media and professional perspectives is reflective of the little girl who declared, “The Emperor has no clothes”.

Example: The Bays precinct in the innerwest was described by PM Turnbull and then Premier Baird as the “most exciting urban redevelopment project in the world“.  Its planning has been so degraded under Premier Berejiklian – there is now no planning, with all agencies moved under her wing – through a manic determination to prevent a world-class initiative, the CBD Traffic Oasis and Goanna Transit Bridge (with integration of East and West transit and two “expressnets” – relieving an imminent congestion-critical 20% (20,000 vehicles a day) increase in the Rozelle sector).  Add The Fireworks iconic Tower and some 16,000 dwellings!  The JV return to the Government might approach $1 billion – all copyrighted by this author and so rejected by the Premier.

Google was blank-faced repelled from its plan to redevelop a disused power station as an iconic tech centre because the Goanna was the only way to provide transit access.  The latest lunacy was in mid-December when the Government announced that a consortium had been contracted to build a $3.9 billion piece of the mid-section of WestConnex next to The Bays.

That hypothetical 1-kilometre section would move congestion from Rozelle to nowhere as the Iron Cove Bridge won’t have the capacity and will sit above the tunnel anyway!  It is all paper warfare but so indicative of a very sick “planning stench” (former Premier O’Farrell’s words).

That $3.9 billion further robs the PM’s own electorate which has seen a series of broken promises in the face of inexorably rising truck numbers from both north and south.

Incredible, one might think – but the media deny the public the chance to properly judge this stench.

Another – West Metro Vs Greiner & Christie: upgrade Bradfield tracks to 40,000 passengers per hour in each direction + RG’s idea to extend the Main West to a loop at Badgerys giving the best airport transit system IN THE WORLD.

Double disaster:  the WS City Deal delivers a pathetic metro stub from (where!) St Marys = nowhere, to Badgerys, giving THE WORST TRANSIT SYSTEM in the world.  It’s a face-saver/camouflage for Berejiklian who knows the NW Metro is going to be revealed as the greatest transit dud after only Bruce Baird’s “ghost train” to KSA.

See for the associated Inland Rail credibility gap – https://www.theland.com.au/story/5748879/rail-gaps/