We have seen several hundred million dollars lost by governments including the backing of a consortium to place a petrochemical plant at the end of a 1,500 km gas pipeline; the funding of infrastructure and concessional energy to a regional aluminium smelter - the subject of a major dispute; a ceramic and chemical plant facilitated by government that on expiration of its concession stood idle until purchased at a loss; and money for a silicon plant soon after purchased at great loss.
Short term political expediency has often overridden long term strategic considerations. The proposed Point Lillias facility has the character of an unproductive investment. We felt compelled to comment.
Given the millions of dollars thus far spent on the two inquiries on this facility, we cannot compete on detail and may be questioned on our narrow view of the safety related arguments. The facility, on the evidence presented to date (April 1996), is in our opinion largely avoidable.
We simply envisage a more attractive monument on the delightful Port Phillip Bay. There are opportunities for Victoria!
Remco Van Santen
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