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The outlook for infrastructure is improving

The outlook for infrastructure is improving

Alan DaviesMay 11, 2017

Guest writer Dr Garry Glazebrook reckons the federal budget shows the Coalition is at last heading in the right direction on infrastructure funding

Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

Alan DaviesApr 27, 201710 Comments

The Andrews Government's decision to build Melbourne's North East Link lacks transparency and analysis, but the idea of suburban motorways shouldn't be dismissed out of hand

Australia needs a massive infrastructure fund

Australia needs a massive infrastructure fund

Alan DaviesMar 6, 20171 Comment

It's time to facilitate $200 billion investment in key infrastructure projects like inland freight rail and a national electricity grid, argues guest writer Dr Garry Glazebrook

Should public transport be

Should public transport be "returned to the people"?

Alan DaviesFeb 8, 201712 Comments

There are calls to bring management of Melbourne's train and tram systems back under government control. Might be a good idea, but first let's see the evidence

Do politicians care about the cost of infrastructure promises?

Do politicians care about the cost of infrastructure promises?

Alan DaviesOct 26, 20162 Comments

Politicians are prone to understating the cost of transport projects resulting in too many poor projects getting up ahead of what should be higher priorities

Does infrastructure cost a lot more on the fringe?

Does infrastructure cost a lot more on the fringe?

Alan DaviesOct 17, 201610 Comments

The answer is no one really knows, but policies with huge implications for the way cities work continue to be advanced on the assumption that costs are a lot higher on the fringe

Is Infrastructure Victoria's 30-year strategy any good?

Is Infrastructure Victoria's 30-year strategy any good?

Alan DaviesOct 11, 20163 Comments

The draft report published last week by Infrastructure Victoria is arguably the most important contribution to cities policy Victorians have seen for decades

Can the politics be taken out of infrastructure planning?

Can the politics be taken out of infrastructure planning?

Alan DaviesOct 5, 201617 Comments

Infrastructure Victoria's draft 30-year strategy was only public for a few hours before politicians started putting the presumptuous upstart back in its box

Infrastructure costs: is like compared with like?

Infrastructure costs: is like compared with like?

Alan DaviesJun 28, 20161 Comment

Comparing the costs of ostensibly similar infrastructure projects is a fraught exercise. Differences in scope are often overlooked; it's vital to compare like with like

Is this the time to ramp-up infrastructure spending?

Is this the time to ramp-up infrastructure spending?

Alan DaviesJun 22, 20165 Comments

Biz Shrapnel reckons it's time to build; construction costs are plummeting and governments have a "window" of opportunity - it might not last - to spend on infrastructure

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