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Myki Fiasco

It may not be popular, but the system isn't half as bad as it's painted.

At dinner parties across , myki is now a compulsory discussion topic. The same comments invariably come Equipoise Ethics up. ''Why has myki cost so much and taken so long?''; ''They should Anavar Que Es have bought a system off the shelf, like the one in Hong Kong or London''; ''The tender was dodgy from the beginning''. Inevitably, someone mentions the footage of the poor guy who, standing beside the minister, demonstrates a myki device that disintegrates at exactly the wrong moment.

Having examined the project first as an auditor and then a researcher, I feel compelled to join these discussions. My contribution is usually unpopular.

I begin by pointing out that the project has not taken an especially long time by international standards, and that the cost, given what was purchased, was not especially high. Recent claims of ''missing myki millions'' betray a misreading of the state budget papers.

The tender process was not bungled, nor was it corrupted. A succession of thorough and expensive independent reviews have confirmed this.

The decision not to buy ''off the shelf'' was justifiable.

There have been an exceptional number of leaks about myki, each one evidently intended to damage the project.

From the day the contract was awarded, opponents spread misinformation, and theirs became the dominant narrative.

Aspects of the tender made it more vulnerable to mud slinging. Interaction with bidders was unusually high, and two separate consortiums were taken a long way down the track into negotiations. The ''cartel busting'' approach multiplied the number of unsuccessful tenderers, some of whom may have had an affronted sense of entitlement. The modular approach probably also increased integration problems and delays.

Myki has been a boundless source of government embarrassment, but bigger things are at stake. All this heat and smoke could lead to truly bad decisions. "Comprar Gh Jintropin" If the system is widely seen as botched and suspect, it is more difficult for a government to continue with the project. For taxpayers, scrapping it and walking away from the time and money invested would be a disaster.

More broadly, there is a danger that governments will be less willing to pursue innovative tendering, and innovation generally. If people with mischievous Dianabol 25 Mg Side Effects intent can demonise innovation, the policy equation is simple. Taxpayers want value for money; value for money requires innovation; without it, look forward to a moribund public sector that costs more to run and is less effective. Failure to innovate, and failure to achieve competition in a major tender, would be truly scandalous, not the make believe scandals of the myki type. On big projects, the difference between a competitive and uncompetitive tender can be hundreds of millions of dollars. In a single major tender, this ''competition dividend'' would dwarf the total annual value of public sector fraud in Victoria.

The remarkable thing about myki is the resilience of the untruths told about it. By this point in my screed, the dinner party audience has tuned out, turning their attention to that more interesting and simpatico bloke from the gas "Anabola Steroider Norge Lagligt" company.

Stuart Kells is a former assistant auditor general in the Victorian Auditor General's Office. He is now a member of the Centre for Regulatory Studies in the faculty of law at Monash University.

Costs aside, the stupid system doesn't even work. It's supposed to be a swipe card, yet I have to stand there and literally hold my card against the reader for 10 or 20 seconds before it will read. This morning after holding my card against the reader for ages and it still Comprar Gh Jintropin not being read I gave up. So no fare paid by me today. I know that in London or Singapore or Hong Kong just waving your card over a reader, even from inside your bag, is enough for the card to be read.

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At least, a lone piece of balance in the myki saga. Here is a little bit more info. The comparative cost of Metcard and myki. The Metcard contract with Onelink was awarded in 1994 for $332 million, plus $38 million per year running cost, the ten year contract being worth $712 million. An additional $65 million was paid to Onelink to make the machines at rail stations more robust and to provide a daily ticket capacity on trams. In 2007 money, that's $1.08 billion in total. The original myki contract was for $494 million with $50 million per year running cost. In March 2008, extra costs $350 million were announced. Of this, a contract $212 was signed with Onelink to run Metcard to 2012 if required. $138 million, and the total cost of "Comprar Gh Jintropin" myki for a ten year period will be $1.12 billion (in 2007 dollars). So there is the comparison: $1.08 billion "Oxandrolone Powder India" for Metcard and $1.12 billion for myki a difference of $40 million (or maybe a bit more, depending on how long the two systems operate in tandem) for the increased functionality and extension to cover all of Victoria rather than just . A good deal if it works.

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