How does it cost $75m to dig a 220m long tunnel? The Government is planning to tear up the 5-year old bypass road and put it underground to give space for the National War Memorial for $75m. You’re never going to win opposing a war memorial – even though the Nats cancelled it in 2009, which is why the cost is so high doing it at the last minute before the centenary of Gallipoli – but $350,000 a metre for a tunnel?
Update- turns out there will only be about 150m of tunnel. Oh and the government is going to slam through legislation called, honestly, the War Memorial Enabling Act. Don’t these puerile know their history? When critics call the CERA law the Gerry Brownlee Enabling Act, they’re not being complimentary – the term Enabling Act is synonymous with the seizure of dictatoral powers.