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Good governance must be the top priority

Good governance must be the top priority

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

Is Daniel Andrews selling out public transport?

Is Daniel Andrews selling out public transport?

Victoria's Andrews Government has decided to continue with franchised management of Melbourne's trains and trams rather than bring them back under direct government control

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Is being "the world's most liveable city" such a big deal?

Yet again The Economist's Global Liveability Index is dominated by Australasian and Canadian cities, but it says little about their differences or what they're like to live in permanently

Are there too many Councils in Australian cities?

Are there too many Councils in Australian cities?

Many argue the large number of urban Councils favours local interests over metropolitan objectives, especially in planning. There's a case for rationalising the number and powers of Councils

East-West Link: why have these advisers just quit?

East-West Link: why have these advisers just quit?

The Napthine Government's new motorway took another blow last week when members of the Plan Melbourne Advisory Committee resigned in protest. But why so late and so publicly?

Cities: can the politics be taken away from politicians?

Cities: can the politics be taken away from politicians?

There are numerous calls to "de-politicise" strategic land use and infrastructure decisions by putting them at arm's length from state and local government politicians

Should the number of councils be cut?

Should the number of councils be cut?

The issue of local government amalgamation is back on the table following a call by the Chair of the Bank of Melbourne, Elizabeth Proust, to slash the number of councils in Melbourne from 31 to one. This isn’t an issue that’s specific to Melbourne. Metropolitan Sydney is administered by an astonishing 38 councils with a […]

Is the Transport Department coming out on outcomes?

Is the Transport Department coming out on outcomes?

I don’t ordinarily read annual reports but this story in Melbourne’s Herald-Sun acknowledged its source was the Victorian Department of Transport’s 2010-11 annual report. The newspaper noted a 3.4% increase in reported crime on Victoria’s public transport system in 2009-10. Much to my surprise, the paper acknowledged up front that patronage had also increased over the period, by […]

Why do the worst infrastructure projects get built?

Why do the worst infrastructure projects get built?

Under-estimating the cost of major infrastructure projects and over-estimating the demand is so chronic that forecasters deserve some harsh medicine, according to Professor Bent Flyvbjerg from Oxford University’s Said Business School. He says “some forecasts are so grossly misrepresented that we need to consider not only firing the forecasters but suing them too – perhaps […]

Are there really limits to what planning can do?

Are there really limits to what planning can do?

There are, but in Victoria those limits appear to be very elastic. Because it controls the use of land, the whole complex edifice of planning regulation touches to a greater or lesser extent a lot of the things we do. In a newly released report commissioned by COAG, the Productivity Commission gives us an insight […]