Does anyone remember back in the 80s when they proposed the "Multi Function Polis" (MFP). It started as an idea for a completely new Australian city and they made a big hoopla about this exact same idea. But after a bunch of bickering they started trying to locate it in existing cities like Adelaide and Melbourne - Docklands was even suggested as a possible option.
I remember the saga very well. The amount of hype surrounding it was remarkable, given that no-one seemed to know exactly what a multi-function polis was!
The fact that Melbourne lost out to Adelaide in the selection of the site was even held out by some as another example of the then State Labor government's failings, coming at the same time as the collapse of the Pyramid Building Society, and the problems of the State Bank and its merchant banking arm, Tricontinental.