Saturday, 22 May 2010

What is half a metre among friends?

The Australian Prime Minister set productivity as his number one priority back in January and has 'talked a good game' since ... but actions have not always matched the rhetoric.

Take one simple example. The New South Wales and Victoria governments are at an impasse on the subject of truck widths.

Under current regulations, Victoria allows trucks up to 3 metres wide to cross its borders while NSW only allows 2.5m.

This dispute over 50 centimetres is estimated to cost $2.4 billion per year in potential national income.

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