Published Resources Details Conference Paper
- The Inadequate Impact of Federation on the Australian Land Transport System
- Eleventh National Conference on Engineering Heritage: Federation Engineering a Nation; Proceedings
- Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2001, pp. 13-18
Roads were developed in Australia to meet local needs and in the context of short-sighted planning policies. Any emerging grander visions were soon hijacked by the new railways. Land transport was not seen as a national issue and the impact of the car and the truck were not foreseen. Thus Federation and the Constitution made no useful provisions for national surface transport systems and the nation has suffered accordingly. The paper argues a case using primarily Melbourne roads developed in the mid 19th century.
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- Eleventh National Conference on Engineering Heritage: Federation Engineering a Nation; Proceedings edited by Baker, Keith (Barton, Australian Capital Territory: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 2001), 262 pp, https://search.informit.com.au/browsePublication;isbn=1740922155;res=IELENG. Details