July 02, 2013
At least 150 pre-fabricated skyscrapers from Central Station to Strathfield, conveyor belts shuttling building materials above Ultimo, train lines ripped up for new ones underground, and much of the steel and concrete shipped from China, with an army of international workers assembling it all for a pittance.
The novel project could have been Sydney's had the O'Farrell government been just a bit more expansive in its thinking.
Perhaps instead of 'more expansive' 'less prudent' would be a more appropriate descriptor in that last sentence.
I've noted this tactic from China before, most notably in places like Columbo and their 'string of pearls' , but also in The Canal zone, Bahamas and San Diego.
I'm sure that none of those places will find they have listening devices, basic facilities for naval bases or changes in contract terms at any point in the future. No sirreee.
Full disclosure: That last paragraph is a combination of sarcasm, paranoia and vigilance in uncertain proportions.
Posted by: EdwardM at Tue Jul 2 22:47:57 2013 (moC4O)
Perhaps instead of 'more expansive' 'less prudent' would be a more appropriate descriptor in that last sentence.The Sydney Morning Herald is ardently left-wing, and our state government is centre-right, so whatever the current government does, the SMH will take the opposing view. If the government had gone ahead with the idea, the SMH would be prophesying doom all over the front page.
And while I fully support tearing down Sydney's Inner West, I'm not convinced that replacing it with pre-fab Chinese skyscrapers is actually an improvement.
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