These experiences have given me time to understand a very strategic fact that politicians deliberately ignore: physical infrastructure has value only if it is implemented in close association with appropriate social infrastructure.
A pipeline network stretching from Australia up into Asia could redefine markets and boost wealth and environmental outcomes.
Likewise, in Australia, even with flawed regulations biased towards conventional dwellings, many owner builders flocked out to the outer Melbourne suburb of Eltham.
The East West tunnel will reduce the supply of open space and sporting fields when more is needed.
Low density cities like Perth have been designed for cars and now have to be retrofitted for walkability.
Three months after the announcement of the decision to withdraw from manufacturing in Australia, Ford threw a two-hour party at Fox Studios in Sydney at a cost of $4 million.
Australia is poised to become a major player in the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market and domestic gas users are worried that the party will be at their expense.
If petrol prices, for example, skyrocketed overnight to over $2.50/litre, I can't imagine our Federal Government would leave it with a 'no comment.'
Finally I want to suggest that in order to progress the revitalization of long-distance passenger rail transport in Australia, we need to abandon the more utopian dreams of very fast rail in Australia.
The time to start our underground railway systems is now and I am cheering Campbell Newman for his plan for an underground rail and bus tunnel from Hill End to Bowen Hills.
Tony Abbott can tinker, or he can go for something really big, beyond the campaign promises.
The challenge is not financing the infrastructure – there are plenty of investors willing to do so. The challenge is funding the cost of it.