February, 2018

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Good governance must be the top priority

, Feb 26, 2018

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Poor governance of infrastructure projects is costing billions of dollars and delivering questionable benefits to the community, say guest writers Roger Taylor and Ken Coghill
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Should public works be named after politicians?

, Sep 07, 2017

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No matter how worthy they are, we should be very cautious about naming public works after people, but most especially after politicians
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Should this motorway report be secret?

, Sep 06, 2017

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No, Daniel Andrews, you can't spend $1 Billion of public money to get rid of the East West Link and then be secretive about the case for the West Gate Tunnel
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Will Melbourne really run dry in a decade?

, Jul 24, 2017

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The mainstream media likes to frame news to convey a sense of impending disaster - like Melbourne's running out of water - but sometimes it gets out of its depth
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The outlook for infrastructure is improving

, May 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
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Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

, Apr 27, 2017

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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
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Australia needs a massive infrastructure fund

, Mar 06, 2017

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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
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Should public transport be “returned to the people”?

, Feb 08, 2017

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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
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Do politicians care about the cost of infrastructure promises?

, Oct 26, 2016

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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
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Does infrastructure cost a lot more on the fringe?

, Oct 17, 2016

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

, Oct 11, 2016

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The draft report published last week by Infrastructure Victoria is arguably the most important contribution to cities policy Victorians have seen for decades
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Can the politics be taken out of infrastructure planning?

, Oct 05, 2016

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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
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Infrastructure costs: is like compared with like?

, Jun 28, 2016

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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
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Is this the time to ramp-up infrastructure spending?

, Jun 22, 2016

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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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Are infrastructure costs a lot higher in the outer suburbs?

, Mar 01, 2016

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It's a truism that development costs are much higher on the urban fringe than in inner areas. But there's little evidence the claim still holds and good reason to think it's no longer the case
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Is the Australian Infrastructure Plan on the money?

, Feb 23, 2016

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Infrastructure Australia's new Plan contributes to the policy debate. Good. What we need now is selection of good projects and concerted action to improve the nation's infrastructure
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What should Turnbull do to prepare our cities for the future?

, Nov 11, 2015

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Here are five "politically courageous" proposals to improve Australia's major cities for the consideration of Malcolm Turnbull, Greg Hunt and Jamie Briggs
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Is Shorten letting Turnbull off the hook on cities policy?

, Sep 28, 2015

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The Opposition is setting the bar on cities policy way too low. Malcolm Turnbull will have no trouble skipping over it without being forced to seriously address the underlying challenges in urban policy
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Does anyone care about getting the numbers right on infrastructure?

, Aug 24, 2015

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The standard of public debate around infrastructure projects seems to be constantly beset by misinformation around costs and revenues; there's little to suggest it's going to get better
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Will Infrastructure Victoria improve the standard of political promises?

, Aug 05, 2015

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Victoria's Opposition reckons the lack of a rail line to Melbourne Airport is a major and pressing problem for the city. Evaluating claims like this must be a key role of Infrastructure Victoria