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What can we learn from the East West Link debacle?

The public release of the business case for the East West Link demonstrates the importance of transparent and rational assessment of infrastructure proposals rather than faith-based advocacy

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Three misconceptions about the East West Link

The East West Link appears to be heading for the dustbin, so some of the misconceptions and exaggerations around it should be dustbinned too in the interests of promoting quality public debate

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Did the ABC fact checkers get it right on train punctuality?

ABC Fact Check reckons the Napthine government’s claim of improved train punctuality on its watch is right and unhappy commuters are wrong. But the ABC’s methodology is flawed

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Could an Andrews government really deliver on this promise?

One of Victorian Labor’s key election promises is to remove 50 of Melbourne’s worst level crossings over 8 years. If it wins government it might’ve promised more than it can deliver

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Political promises: don’t voters deserve better?

Victoria’s Treasury says the Greens election promise to extend some tram lines will cost much more than claimed. The electorate deserves more respect from politicians (and better costings)

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What’s better: a train that’s late or one that doesn’t get there at all?

There’s real value in hard performance targets for business and government, but there are also dangers. Sometimes a single-minded focus on targets leads to negative outcomes elsewhere

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Labor’s promise on level crossings: what are the issues?

Labor in Victoria is promising to remove 50 of Melbourne’s 180 level crossings if it wins the State election on 29 November. Sounds like a “no brainer”, but what are the key issues?

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Is the proposed development of Federation Square East a con?

Victoria’s Napthine Government is inviting proposals for the development of Federation Square East. Sounds like a wonderful civic enhancement, but in an election year it’s all about politics

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Does the gong for ‘world’s most liveable city’ mean anything?

Five Australasian cities and three Canadian cities dominate the annual Global Liveability Index, but it doesn’t tell us much about cities as places to live, or the differences between them

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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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