The real cost of missing the high-speed train

At three times the cost of the NBN, high-speed rail on Australia's eastern seaboard faces heavy opposition. But the long-term economics are compelling.

On my recent honeymoon, we took the German ICE train from Munich to Venice.The trip takes 7 hours and was, at the time, much cheaper than direct flights.

It is a pleasant journey, if you ever get the chance. Hurtling through the snow clad landscape, watching one region melt into the next.

Sipping Paulanerbeer in the mealswagon as you wend your way through the spectacular scenery of the Brenner Pass.

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