A bridge in the form of a helix and the whole thing is constructed out of stainless steel. This is another example of civil engineering a bridge created by the public works department of Singapore. Could it be that this quality and high standard of design is only possible in a benevolent (almost) single party parliamentary system.
We can be this good in Australia god knows we have the talent in the architects and designers. But the thing we lack is the drive (force perhaps) to execute projects on a large scale. As a result much of our top talent in almost every area of expertise except perhaps sporting endeavors leave for and seldom return. I heard a report a few years ago that said in the John Howard years 100,000 graduates departed Australia. It is very sad and a national disgrace.
It took a hundred years to get a railway from north to south in Australia. Pushed through by John Howard who just happened to have a majority in both houses of parliament. But a hundred years from concept to completion for a railway OMG. It should have been a 21st century solution it ended up being not much different from the 19th century concept. But John Howard is acknowledged to be well, backward looking.
Australia may get a functional high speed fibre optic network within ten years (the NBN) if we get ten years of the same party in power or two parties that agree about the importance of the national interest. If not we will get a half arsed watered down version to save money as dictated by a PM who is ignorant of such matters and minister of telecoms that knows better but for the sake of political expediency won’t admit it. But that is the price of an open democracy or should that mediocrity…