Originally Posted by Clapo
Fair enough that the goodwill bridge may be convenient etc. but jeebers, would've put Health/Education & State-wide roads ahead some bridge, that's cost inflated each week.
The state government actually has a budget allocated for a range of needs. You can't simply put 100% of it into "education and roads", because then people will complain about a lack of spending in other areas. I'm entirely supportive of spending on health, education and other basic services, but public works projects don't take up the majority of government spending and are more often than not just an easy scapegoat for people who want to complain about something
That's not to say there are never any public works projects that are overpriced or pointless, but building a bridge and spending money on education aren't mutually exclusive things. I mean, Queensland's spending on health care (for example) has doubled in the last 8 years, and the current budget allocates almost 50% of its total spending to "health care and education". It's not as though these things are going totally neglected.