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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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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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Are government traffic congestion forecasts too high?

A draft Infrastructure Australia report says officially forecast traffic congestion is double what’s actually happening; flawed methodology overstates the need for new urban roads

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Is there a case for keeping the East West Link business plan a secret?

The Victorian Government says it can’t release the business plan for the East West Link because it would bid up tenderers’ costs. But the Productivity Commission says that’s nonsense

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Should Labor repudiate Melbourne’s East West Link?

Victorian Labor’s argument that it must accept a signed contract for the proposed East West Link if it wins this year’s State election gets weaker as the November 29 2014 election date gets closer

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Shouldn’t the Greens and Labor be supporting fuel excise indexation?

The Green’s and Labor’s opposition to indexation of the fuel excise is a triumph of political expediency over good public policy. The Rudd Government should’ve done it; Labor should support it now

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Are driverless cars only a generation away?

It increasingly seems it’s not if we’ll be transported in driverless cars but when. There’re lots of potential benefits but realising them will be hard. It’s likely there’ll also be some downsides

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Is the fuel excise a “carbon tax on steroids”?

It might’ve been a gaffe, but Tony Abbott is right to say the fuel excise is effectively a carbon tax. The Greens and Labor should support the Government’s plan to restore indexation

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Should we be aiming for a zero road toll?

It’s common enough to hear a politician justify a public policy by arguing “if it saves just one life it’s worth doing”. Sounds noble, but they almost always fail to consider all the costs

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Is congestion pricing just too unfair?

Intense public concern at the negative equity effects of the Budget doesn’t seem to bode well for key urban policy ideas like congestion pricing. But specific policies should be assessed in their context

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