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Melbourne flooding no surprise

Alan DaviesMar 8, 20106 Comments

The scenes in Melbourne over the weekend of extensive flooding, especially in the CBD, didn’t surprise me. Although these were unusual events, I recall reading a report some years ago

Inequality - ethics or economics?

Alan DaviesMar 7, 20103 Comments

Distributional issues are at the heart of urban and regional policy.  Most planners, for example, have clear and firm views (at least in their own minds) on the equity implications of

What can we do about traffic congestion?

Alan DaviesMar 6, 201014 Comments

The Federal Government’s State of Australian Cities 2010

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What the bookies are saying about the Federal election

Alan DaviesMar 6, 2010

If you’re pondering who will win the next Federal election, you might want to take note of what the bookies think.  According to

Home affordability in Australia

Alan DaviesMar 5, 2010

Claims that home affordability is at disastrous levels appear to be exaggerated.  The always interesting

Limitations of My School

Alan DaviesMar 5, 20108 Comments

The My School web site launched by the Deputy Prime Minister earlier this year has some important lessons for any disciplines t

Decentralising population growth

Alan DaviesMar 4, 201013 Comments

I watched SBS’s Insight program on Housing 36 Million earlier thi

Infrastructure costs on the urban fringe

Alan DaviesMar 3, 20108 Comments

It is amazing how quickly supposed facts become accepted wisdom. A feature article in The Age last week,

Possible rail link to Melbourne Airport

Alan DaviesMar 2, 201016 Comments

The Age ran an editorial this week a

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