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Is being “visionary” sufficient to justify new infrastructure?

Alan DaviesAug 11, 20102 Comments

Infrastructure projects should never be justified by terms like visionary and nation building unless they are rigorously defined

Should public transport fares to the airport be subsidised?

Alan DaviesAug 10, 201013 Comments

It seems equitable to price fares to the airport in line with the Metlink tariffs but it makes more sense to avoid paying a subsidy - there are other uses for the money

Would an airport rail link take us for a ride?

Alan DaviesAug 9, 201017 Comments

This OpEd in The Age advocating a rail link from the CBD to Melbourne Airport fails to make the case

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Will miners, retirees and the NBN drive Tony Burke’s decentralisation agenda?

Alan DaviesAug 8, 20104 Comments

The mining boom, retirees and the NBN are not likely to drive decentralisation of population from Sydney and Melbourne to regional areas. The Federal Minister for Sustainable Population is really promoting regional development, not decentralisation

The Paul Krugman blues

Alan DaviesAug 6, 2010

Does Labor's Sydney-Newcastle High Speed train make sense?

Alan DaviesAug 5, 201010 Comments

I watched Anthony Albanese foreshadow on Lateline on Wednesday night that the Government, if re-elected, would fund a $20 million feasibility study of a high speed rail connection bet

Who does Google like the most – Julia or Tony?

Alan DaviesAug 4, 2010

Google Search stats show Australians search more for Gillard than Abbott

Will a carbon tax double the price of petrol?

Alan DaviesAug 3, 20106 Comments

The level of mooted carbon price will have a relatively small effect on the price of petrol - stronger action is needed to make cars more environmentally efficient

What will high speed rail do for regional development?

Alan DaviesAug 2, 201012 Comments

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High speed rail – are the Greens as shallow as the rest?

Alan DaviesAug 1, 201012 Comments

The Greens call for a high speed rail connection between Sydney and Melbourne is populism at its worst.