Articles by Louis Williams

The train to Geelong

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ambitious $4 billion plan to improve the efficiency of a train to Geelong from Melbourne is a recipe for disaster. The new line is part of a $19 billion high-speed rail plan to improve the efficiency of regional trains in Australia announced ahead of the 2018-19 budget. The nation-wide project is aimed to reduce commute times, congestion and provide greater accessibility for people living outside large cities like Melbourne.

While the Prime Minister’s goals are no doubt admirable, taxpayers should be concerned as such projects have a poor track record, are highly susceptible to cost blowouts, and indefinite timelines. Consider how since the 1980s, every Federal Government has conducted a feasibility study of constructing high-speed rail, but no high-speed rails have ever been constructed.

The Federal Government’s rail proposal for Geelong and Melbourne is expected to nearly halve commute times from 62 minutes to 32 minutes, … Read the rest


Blocking media is the new book burning

During times of great chaos in Ancient Rome, the government of the day resorted to restricting citizens’ liberty. Similarly, in Australia during times of great media frenzies, it seems that the liberties of citizens can also be suspended.

It is as if the Enlightenment never occurred and John Stuart Mill’s arguments for a free press were never made.

Australia’s own Caesar, Scott Morrison, attempted to stop people from seeing the footage of the New Zealand shooting.

Mr. Morrison himself did not pass any laws or act with any executive orders; he just asked telecommunications companies like Telstra to prevent their users from accessing video hosting platforms like LiveLeak and various other media sites.

LiveLeak, for those unfamiliar, is a video sharing site similar to YouTube. Unlike YouTube, LiveLeak aims to provide an archive of raw footage from current events in order to give power to the people who can analyse … Read the rest