Abbott and Hockey dislike the aesthetics of windfarms, describing them as “visually awful” and “making a lot of noise”. Funny, I think the same about motorways.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course.
But motorways certainly have problems with noise, with pollution causing health problems, and with the space they take up for what they do, and cause dispersed travel patterns rather than assisting the centralised dense city cores needed to grow economies based primarily on information workers and the “knowledge economy”. They also often cost more than the benefits they produce, and almost any mobility benefits for individuals are limited to those who can drive — and peak-hour congestion/time benefits are short-lived.
The PM wouldn’t see it this way of course, but then he has a blinkered view, an irrational dislike for alternatives such as public transport. (He does cycle, but only for sport, not for transport.)
Joe Hockey is calling for a mature debate about the budget. Fair enough.
Perhaps he and the PM could participate in a mature debate in other important areas, including power generation and transport — assessing the options on their economic and environmental merit, rather than subjective attributes such as aesthetics.