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Articles by Alan Davies

Should we go a bit easier on (some) broken promises?

Politicians shouldn’t make election promises they can’t keep but commitments that’re bad policy are worse. There’s a case for allowing governments to “improve” (break!) some poor promises

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Could an Andrews government really deliver on this promise?

One of Victorian Labor’s key election promises is to remove 50 of Melbourne’s worst level crossings over 8 years. If it wins government it might’ve promised more than it can deliver

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Fairfax’s fatal footage: is Labor’s campaign already dead?

Victoria’s quality daily, The Age, ran this story on-line on Friday showing opposition leader Daniel Andrews’ campaign bus appearing to run a red light. Is it all over red rover?

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Political promises: don’t voters deserve better?

Victoria’s Treasury says the Greens election promise to extend some tram lines will cost much more than claimed. The electorate deserves more respect from politicians (and better costings)

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Are politicians putting public transport on lay-by?

Voters can’t assume that all major public transport projects seemingly promised by politicians during election campaigns will be built in the next term…or even the one after…or perhaps ever

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What do fashion and architecture have in common?

There was an exhibition of fashion at Melbourne’s MPavilion on the weekend inspired by ten of the city’s landmark buildings. It’s the result of a collaboration between architects and design students

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Should the UK make bicycle helmets compulsory?

Australia is well known for its compulsory all-age bicycle helmet law. However there’s public pressure in other countries, like the UK, to follow our example and make helmets mandatory

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My ‘Novel of the year’ for urbanists (and economists, and…)

Anyone interested in cities will likely be fascinated by Tom Campbell’s witty and insightful take on getting ahead in London. And what other novelist cites Kenneth Arrow?

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Is it time Melbourne got a rail line to the airport?

The Napthine government says it’ll start building an airport rail line next term if wins this month’s Victorian election. Of course it’d be nice to have, but should it really be a priority at this time?

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Do projects warrant priority because they were promised decades ago?

Advocates often claim their favoured project deserves priority because it was first promised decades ago. But projects need to make sense in the here and now, not in the distant past

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