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Are the forecasts for the East-West Link built on dubious foundations?

The Age reckons a secret document shows the Napthine Government is making controversial assumptions to justify the East-West Link. But the case the paper makes seems unconvincing

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Is the press giving readers unbiased news?

The East-West Link promoted by Tony Abbott and Dennis Napthine looks questionable, but the media should promote debate on its merits not pedal equally doubtful arguments on the front page

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Should the O’Farrell government lower Sydney airport rail fares?

The NSW Government is about to land a big windfall from the airport rail line as revenue-sharing provisions kick in. But should it return the money to airport train travellers or keep it?

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Why does yet another toll road look like it might fail?

Brisbane’s Airport Link toll road is the latest in a growing list of major transport projects in financial trouble because traffic forecasts pitched to investors now seem wildly over-optimistic

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Is rail on track at Sydney Airport?

It looks like something quite extraordinary has happened at Sydney Airport over the last five or six years. I’m surprised it hasn’t received more attention. According to Airport Link, the company that manages train operations at the domestic and international terminals, rail patronage grew 32% over 08/09-11/12 while the total number of air travellers passing [...]

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Would HSR solve Sydney’s airport woes?

The inability of successive NSW and Australian governments to construct a second Sydney airport is taking on the proportions of a national tragedy. The failure to expand Sydney’s aviation capacity isn’t because of technical, environmental or financial difficulties – it’s solely due to political selfishness and opportunism. The new study by the Federal and NSW [...]

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Does every city need an airport rail line?

The CEO of Melbourne Airport, Chris Woodruff, has a gripe. The Victorian Government is pressing ahead with construction of a $250 million rail line to support his competitor – Avalon Airport – but is spending a mere $6.5 million to study the warrant for rail to Melbourne Airport. Yet as I noted once before, while [...]

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