Hidden in the depths of detail in the budget documents are the true costs of the train set Dr Cullen purchased. It is projected to be $1.47 billion by 2012.
So how did Toll get the deal of a lifetime?
Treasury you see were too tough in negotiating rail access prices with Toll, so OnTrack were given the job to negotiate the purchase of the trains. Yes, he deliberately sent in the “weaker” team. Toll must regard their $25,000 donation to Labour last year as their best ever investment.
Now who is a Director of On Track? Labour Party President Mike Williams. So what role did Mike “confused” Williams have in buying the trains? Is there not a conflict of interest in being Labour’s chief fundraiser who accepted a donation from Toll and also being on the board buying the trains off Toll?