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Articles by Alan Davies

BZE: How we found high speed rail to be commercially viable

Guest writer Gerard Drew from Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) explains the reasoning behind the organisation’s contention that east coast High Speed Rail line would cover its operating and capital costs

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Is Alain de Botton right: is Brisbane ugly?

During his visit earlier this month, philosopher Alain de Botton antagonised the Brisbane media by citing the city as tangible proof of his argument that ugliness isn’t relative, it’s absolute

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High Speed Rail: too good to be true?

A new report contends an 1800 km Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne High Speed Rail line could be operating in 10 years. Moreover it would cover all its operating and capital costs. Fact or fiction?

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Should a rail line to Melbourne Airport be the priority?

The Victorian Government says it will commit to constructing a rail line to Melbourne airport in this year’s budget. But is it about sensible policy or is it all about cynical and desperate politics?

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Are apartment towers ruining our city centres?

They’re frequently criticised, but high-rise apartments in the city centre save on infrastructure costs, improve sustainability, and help keep housing costs down across the rest of the metro area

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East West Link: twin nightmares over Melbourne’s freeways

It’s turning into a bad dream for the Government, but Melbourne’s East West Link is also turning into a nightmare for Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews says guest writer Andrew Herington

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Is managing transport in cities really a no-brainer?

Those popular comparisons of cars against sustainable modes look like a no-brainer. But most of them are highly misleading in the Australian context because they only apply in limited situations

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What if all those heritage buildings hadn’t been torn down?

Imagine if those magnificent historic city streetscapes and marvellous nineteenth century buildings in the centres of our major cities were never destroyed. How would things be different?

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Would free public transport really be such a good idea?

There was lots of discussion around the nation last week about the idea of abolishing fares on public transport. At first glance it might sound like a great idea, but here’re ten issues to think about first

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Time for government to act on crazy cocktail of bicycles and cars

For a while it was getting safer for cyclists on the roads but now there’s evidence riding is getting more dangerous again, says guest writer Jeremy Dore. Governments are responding much too slowly

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