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Should public works be named after politicians?

Should public works be named after politicians?

Alan Davies September 7, 2017 2 Comments

No matter how worthy they are, we should be very cautious about naming public works after people, but most especially after politicians

Should this motorway report be secret?

Should this motorway report be secret?

Alan Davies September 6, 2017 3 Comments

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

Will Melbourne really run dry in a decade?

Will Melbourne really run dry in a decade?

Alan Davies July 24, 2017 2 Comments

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

The outlook for infrastructure is improving

The outlook for infrastructure is improving

Alan Davies 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

Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

Alan Davies April 27, 2017 10 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 Davies March 6, 2017 1 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 “returned to the people”?

Should public transport be “returned to the people”?

Alan Davies February 8, 2017 12 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 Davies October 26, 2016 2 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 Davies October 17, 2016 10 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 Davies October 11, 2016 3 Comments

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