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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

Are infrastructure costs a lot higher in the outer suburbs?

Are infrastructure costs a lot higher in the outer suburbs?

Alan DaviesMar 1, 20165 Comments

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

Is the Australian Infrastructure Plan on the money?

Is the Australian Infrastructure Plan on the money?

Alan DaviesFeb 23, 20165 Comments

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

What should Turnbull do to prepare our cities for the future?

What should Turnbull do to prepare our cities for the future?

Alan DaviesNov 11, 20156 Comments

Here are five "politically courageous" proposals to improve Australia's major cities for the consideration of Malcolm Turnbull, Greg Hunt and Jamie Briggs

Is Shorten letting Turnbull off the hook on cities policy?

Is Shorten letting Turnbull off the hook on cities policy?

Alan DaviesSep 28, 20153 Comments

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

Does anyone care about getting the numbers right on infrastructure?

Does anyone care about getting the numbers right on infrastructure?

Alan DaviesAug 24, 20157 Comments

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

Will Infrastructure Victoria improve the standard of political promises?

Will Infrastructure Victoria improve the standard of political promises?

Alan DaviesAug 5, 20153 Comments

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

Do governments deliberately over-state the cost of transport projects?

Do governments deliberately over-state the cost of transport projects?

Alan DaviesJul 6, 201510 Comments

Governments are often accused of over-estimating the cost of major transport projects in order to make them look unrealistic. Of course that's wrong; it's almost always the other way around

Infrastructure: is there more to it than just building more?

Infrastructure: is there more to it than just building more?

Alan DaviesMay 25, 20154 Comments

Australian cities need to build more transport infrastructure to accommodate growth but it's not just about more roads and more rails; they also need to manage demand in smarter ways

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