Colin tells Len: drop lawsuit, and start building

A private company backed by building magnate Len Buckeridge has accused premier Colin Barnett of making false and misleading statements, after Mr Barnett said the company should drop a $1 billion lega


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Good luck in getting Bonaparte Barnett to see reason once he has made up his mind.On the subject of "heavily discounted land prices" let us see how much the government sells the heritage esplanade land to a different bunch of developers.

The Barnett Governments opposition to the construction of additional container port and handling facilities clearly demonstrates the Governments support of the highly inefficient and excessivly costly duopoly currently endured by the importing and export community in the major port of Fremantle (this same duopoly also operates in all major ports around Australia). The Government clearly is acting in the sole intertests of the duopoly in preventing much needed competition to port and cargo operations in Western Australia. Importers and exporters regualrly experience excessivly high costs related to container and general cargo movements having transport carriers waiting in ques for hours on end at a times, despite having booked a time slot with the termonal (for which a fee is charged, and penalty levied if the slot is missed). These and other excessive fees are daily occurances at the Fremantle Port. I ask...if the port is not overcrowded, then why are the terminals moving to seven day trade with the importing community. They (the terminals) make no secret that this is to relieve congestion, but it is sold to the community as an opportunity to provide better severice and make cargo more readilly available. The truth of the matter is that most importers and exporters are again faced with additional costs having to pay transport companies, their staff, other support services, premiums for after hours and overtime just to receive their cargoes into their warehouses. The rub here is that making cargo available for collection from the terminals on a seven day basis, essentially commits the importer to take delivery of his cargo after hours or pay the terminal storage for days that would normally be included in the "free" time. "free" time is usually three working days after container availability.

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