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ALAN DAVIES | September 01, 2014 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 11 |

Are cars the way to address outer suburban transport disadvantage?

Progressives should embrace the idea that the best way of improving the mobility of most very low income outer suburban residents is by assisting them with defraying the high costs of driving

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ALAN DAVIES | August 27, 2014 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 26 |

Is Labor genuine about building Melbourne Metro?

Both major parties are promising to build a rail tunnel under Melbourne if they win this year’s election, but neither seems to be in a hurry to commence construction before 2018-22 at the earliest

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ALAN DAVIES | August 26, 2014 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 21 |

How much does the public know about transport projects?

The East West Link is notorious for lacking transparency but it’s hardly alone; all parties blithely promise expensive projects without providing the public with supporting data and analysis

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ALAN DAVIES | August 20, 2014 | PLANNING | 10 |

Does the gong for ‘world’s most liveable city’ mean anything?

Five Australasian cities and three Canadian cities dominate the annual Global Liveability Index, but it doesn’t tell us much about cities as places to live, or the differences between them

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ALAN DAVIES | August 19, 2014 | PUBLIC TRANSPORT | 13 |

Who gives a shit about public transport users?

If you want to know if a public transport system is good – if it puts the wellbeing of travellers as its number one priority – then just measure the accessibilty and quality of toilets provided for users

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ALAN DAVIES | August 18, 2014 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 15 |

Fuel excise indexation: is the key issue low incomes?

Joe Hockey’s gaffe last week on the Government’s plan to restore fuel excise indexation highlights the need to address the low incomes of many Australians rather than oppose a sound policy

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ALAN DAVIES | August 14, 2014 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 15 |

Do the poor have fewer cars like Joe Hockey says?

Joe Hockey is right that rates of car ownership are lower for the “poor” relative to the “rich”, however what he overlooks is the great majority of lower income households nevertheless have a car

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ALAN DAVIES | August 13, 2014 | CYCLING | 7 |

Would a Veloway be a smart way to advance cycling?

A proposed elevated bicycle “freeway” in Melbourne’s CBD would separate cyclists from traffic, but it’s not necessary and the implicit philosophy could undermine the legitimacy of cycling

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ALAN DAVIES | August 11, 2014 | AIRPORTS & AVIATION | 30 |

Should a rail line to Perth Airport really be the priority?

The WA Government says it will build a train line to Perth airport for $2.2 billion, but it makes no economic or social sense; as with Melbourne airport, there’re much higher transport priorities

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ALAN DAVIES | August 06, 2014 | HOUSING | 9 |

Progressive narrative on city centre apartments falls short

Guest writer Grant Wyeth says it’s the progressive, not the conservative, narrative that’s doing the most damage to those who need access and opportunity in Melbourne’s apartment market

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