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Are these standards worth $62,500 per apartment?

Are these standards worth $62,500 per apartment?

Alan DaviesAug 25, 20162 Comments

An independent analysis puts the extra cost of new amenity standards proposed by the Victorian government at $62,500 per apartment

Is a $2 tax on Uber and taxi trips over the top?

Is a $2 tax on Uber and taxi trips over the top?

Alan DaviesAug 24, 20164 Comments

Victoria will put taxis and Uber on a common footing with light regulation. It will impose a $2 per trip tax on both modes to fund compensation for taxi license owners

Is urban transport too expensive?

Is urban transport too expensive?

Alan DaviesAug 23, 2016

The Australian Automobile Association reckons transport - especially driving - costs too much: it says households spend a "staggering" 13.3% of their weekly budget on transport

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Why didn't we win more medals in Rio?

Why didn't we win more medals in Rio?

Alan DaviesAug 22, 20166 Comments

The "host city effect" from the Sydney games has gone. The Australian team won as many medals at the Rio Olympics as it could plausibly expect to

Will these standards really make apartment residents better off?

Will these standards really make apartment residents better off?

Alan DaviesAug 15, 20163 Comments

The Victorian government has no idea if its draft standards for apartments will make future residents better off or worse off. That's poor policy-making

Rail: under or over?

Rail: under or over?

Alan DaviesAug 10, 20166 Comments

Removing level crossings by elevating rail over road has advantages but in cases like this one it's less compelling; and not helped by questionable public consultation

Is the EIU's World's Most Liveable City gong rubbish?

Is the EIU's World's Most Liveable City gong rubbish?

Alan DaviesAug 9, 20162 Comments

Melbourne is supposedly about to lose top spot in the world's most liveable city rankings. So what? It's a meaningless tick useful only for politicking by all sides

The end of ice cream economics

The end of ice cream economics

Alan DaviesAug 8, 201611 Comments

The Federal election suggests that if Labor cannot yet be trusted with the economy then the Liberals cannot be trusted with the wider society, says guest writer Garry Glazebrook

What's better: a small apartment or nothing?

What's better: a small apartment or nothing?

Alan DaviesAug 5, 201610 Comments

"If a cramped apartment is the best someone can find within their budget and other constraints, how would they be better off if that apartment didn’t exist?"

Why do some countries win most of the Olympic medals?

Why do some countries win most of the Olympic medals?

Alan DaviesAug 4, 20161 Comment

Certain countries consistently take the lion's share of medals at the Olympics but it's got little to do with national character and a lot to do with national wealth and political commitment

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