High-speed eastern rail link to cost $100 billion

Australia is looking at HSR too, Sydney Herald writes: High-speed eastern rail link to cost $100 billion:

A FEDERAL government report into high-speed rail along Australia’s eastern seaboard has identified a route between Brisbane and Melbourne, via Sydney and Canberra, that would cost almost $100 billion.

The Melbourne Greens MP, Adam Bandt, who has been pushing the project, said the government should make the Sydney-Melbourne route, which is already the fourth-busiest air corridor in the world, the first priority, rather than starting on a shorter, but more complex and expensive, leg between Sydney and Newcastle. ”I am concerned that the government is thinking small … when they need to be thinking big,” Mr Bandt said.

According to the article, no opposition yet.