We have our wins though OK; we managed to shut down a thought bubble in Canberra at one stage for the Government to take over the building of all buses and coaches in Australia for "greater efficiency" Those of us in manufacturing all received a summons to attend a meeting in Canberra" where three smirking Czars introduced themselves and said they'd conducted extensive studies, and the Government would in future be building all buses and coaches in Australia (we would all have to liquidate the manufacturing companies) to obtain greater efficiency by substantially reducing the cost of a bus, and they asked the originators of this brilliant scheme to outline to us the details. An official from Bureau of Transport Economics gave us the run down on his study, which you and I had probably paid a million dollars for, which showed the savings in getting critical mass which would reduce the cost of a route bus to $80,000.00 A former marine engineer, with no transport experience, then stepped up to explain his design - rear flat 8 aluminium engine (yet to be designed), diagonal drive, "hull" made of aluminium, monococque. There were about fifty of us in the room which broke into peals of laughter at this hull description. We were then asked for our opinions. I'd prepared material, and blistered the walls for about twenty minutes, starting with: "If the current route bus price we compete at is around $30,000.00, how would $80,000.00 represent a saving? Jack Violet, the owner of Custom Coaches, galvanised the feelings of everyone else in the room by ramping up 400% on my level with the emotion of someone who stood to lose his lifetime business. No expletive was spared with plenty of "parasites", "morons" to rousing cheers from the room, which brought public service spectators. Finally one of the Czars said "Perhaps this was not such a good idea after all" and it died a natural death. Milton Morris also seemed to hang around the national transport industry a lot during his time, possibly because the Federal Minister/s weren't as engaged as they should have been.