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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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Is Labor right to oppose indexation of fuel excise?

John Howard’s 2001 decision to abolish fuel excise indexation was poor policy. Indexation is a sound principle; Labor shouldn’t repeat Howard’s cynical action and sacrifice it to political expediency

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Should the fuel excise be increased? Yes, Minister!

If the leaks are right, Joe Hockey will increase the excise tax on motor fuel in tomorrow’s Budget. He should do it: it might be politically ‘courageous’, but it would also be good policy

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Which road users are most likely to end up in hospital?

Much of the public discussion around road safety is concerned with the number of deaths, but we shouldn’t overlook the huge number of road-related injuries, some of them extremely serious

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