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ALAN DAVIES | June 27, 2014 | HOUSING | 7 |

Does housing supply impact on inequality?

The supply and price of new housing affects affordability and is implicated in growing inequality. Debate about planning issues like city centre towers needs to take account of this wider context

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ALAN DAVIES | June 25, 2014 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 13 |

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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ALAN DAVIES | June 24, 2014 | CYCLING | 11 |

Is the risk of getting killed while cycling on roads increasing?

Cycling on roads is riskier than travelling in a vehicle, but claims that cyclists are at increasing risk of being fatally injured are unconvincing. It seems more likely cycling is getting less risky

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ALAN DAVIES | June 23, 2014 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 12 |

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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ALAN DAVIES | June 19, 2014 | CYCLING | 11 |

Why do bike share schemes reduce injuries for all cyclists?

New research suggests bike share schemes lead to a dramatic and rapid fall in injuries for all cyclists, not just bike share riders. Is it due to the “safety in numbers” effect or something else?

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ALAN DAVIES | June 17, 2014 | HOUSING | 21 |

Does the city centre need more “family friendly” housing?

Planning strategies routinely emphasise the desirability of increasing diversity but the spatial scale matters. Diverse cities aren’t a uniform blend; they’re a geographical patchwork

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ALAN DAVIES | June 15, 2014 | CARS & TRAFFIC | 11 |

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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ALAN DAVIES | June 12, 2014 | HOUSING | 20 |

Should there be a minimum size for city centre apartments?

A new report proposes a mandatory minimum size of 50 sq metres for one bedroom apartments. But having a better apartment isn’t much use if you can no longer afford to live in it

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ALAN DAVIES | June 11, 2014 | TRANSPORT - GENERAL | 10 |

Will we drive a whole lot less in the future?

We’re driving a lot less than we did even ten years ago, largely because of changes in technology. Although cars will remain the main mode for a long time yet, we’ll likely drive less in the future

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ALAN DAVIES | June 10, 2014 | CYCLING | 13 |

Should bicycle mirrors be mandatory?

There’s anecdotal evidence that using a mirror while cycling improves safety. It seems logical. So like bells and lights, does it follow that mirrors should be mandatory when cycling on roads?

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