Julia Gillard says that we must slow up the rate of immigration because the western suburbs of Sydney are too crowded. “Let’s pause”, she says, “Let’s take a break”.
My questions are: how long is this pause going to be, and what are you going to do with the time? How much are you going to invest to ease the congestion, and when?
To judge by the fact that funds will not begin to flow for the Parramatta-Epping line until 2014, it sounds as though the answers to those last two questions are “Not much”, and “Not soon”.
So explain to me the reasons for taking this break?