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Politics and couches

Just a quick post while I work on some more substantive content.

State Budget

Victoria’s State Budget, normally in May but much delayed due to COVID-19, was on Tuesday. Most of the big ticket public transport investment (Airport Rail, Geelong upgrade, and a huge early works package on the Suburban Rail Loop) had already been announced; there were a few other bits and bobs (including a very welcome investment in 100 new trams), but disappointingly not much funding for extra PT services.

PTUA’s response is here.


Non-transport content: Back in early July before the big lockdown, I ordered a new couch. At the time I knew my sons would be moving out in August, and I’d decided they could have the old couch.

I found one I liked that is locally manufactured. Many of the big brand names (including the big blue and yellow Swedish company, naturally) import all of theirs, but it’s always nice to support local jobs if possible.

Having placed the order, Melbourne went into lockdown and they rang to say the factory had been closed down and there’d be a delay. Fair enough.

So for months I’ve had a lonely POÄNG chair (from the aforementioned Swedish company) sitting in the prime TV-viewing position by the window.

Thankfully (for everybody, not just me waiting for my couch) COVID-19 has been quashed in Victoria, and things have opened up again. And the couch has finally arrived.

The new couch (2020 edition)

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

3 replies on “Politics and couches”

Daniel, I had an interesting encounter on Yarra Trams’ Linkedin. I acknowledged that more E class will be welcomed by the motion impaired, but noted about their poorer ability in negotiating curves and points, hoping they’ll be addressed in the next delivery, and that comment went missing. I know personal bloggers can delete any comments under their sole discretion but I never knew Linkedin companys could do that. Do you think it was a technical issue or political?


You’ve effectively identified the brand that you didn’t buy, but not given us any clues as to one you did buy which, as you pointed, out is locally made vs the fully imported ones.

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