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Does anyone care about getting the numbers right on infrastructure?

The standard of public debate around infrastructure projects seems to be constantly beset by misinformation around costs and revenues; there’s little to suggest it’s going to get better

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Will Infrastructure Victoria improve the standard of political promises?

Victoria’s Opposition reckons the lack of a rail line to Melbourne Airport is a major and pressing problem for the city. Evaluating claims like this must be a key role of Infrastructure Victoria

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Do governments deliberately over-state the cost of transport projects?

Governments are often accused of over-estimating the cost of major transport projects in order to make them look unrealistic. Of course that’s wrong; it’s almost always the other way around

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Infrastructure: is there more to it than just building more?

Australian cities need to build more transport infrastructure to accommodate growth but it’s not just about more roads and more rails; they also need to manage demand in smarter ways

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Does anyone really need to drive to the footy?

Despite good mass transit access, many visitors to stadiums like the MCG insist on driving to major events and causing severe traffic congestion. Very few of them really need to drive

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Building an education revolution: 600 schools in five years!

Nick Bastow’s great great grandfather was one of Australia’s most influential architects. In the 1870s he built what today would be an average of five schools in every Melbourne suburb

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Should we regret ancient Egypt built the pyramids?

The world is surely a better place for having icons like the Sydney Opera House and Egypt’s pyramids. It’s much less clear though that it was worth it at the time they were built

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Do barriers reduce the number of suicides?

It’s often argued that anti-suicide barriers at jumping sites are a waste of time: those intent on killing themselves go elsewhere. However a recent study says barriers really do save lives

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Infrastructure: do politicians care about the truth?

Claims made last week about High Speed Rail and the East-West Link show yet again just how blithely and contemptuously Australian politicians treat the facts – integrity is optional

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What does urban rail really cost to build?

The official estimate of the cost to build the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel is $9 billion but some advocates claim it’s only $3 billion. What explains the huge difference in these two claims?

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