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Australia needs a massive infrastructure fund

Australia needs a massive infrastructure fund

Alan DaviesMar 6, 20171 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

Is regional sprawl better than suburban sprawl?

Is regional sprawl better than suburban sprawl?

Alan DaviesMar 1, 2017

There's a strong push to divert more metropolitan growth to regional cities, but the case hasn't been made that capital cities are "too big" or that it's the best strategy

Is the High Speed Rail bandwagon slowing down?

Is the High Speed Rail bandwagon slowing down?

Alan DaviesJun 21, 201610 Comments

In an astonishing display of sanity – especially during an election campaign – the Turnbull Government has backed away from its earlier enthusiasm for High Speed Rail

Is value capture the silver bullet for funding infrastructure?

Is value capture the silver bullet for funding infrastructure?

Alan DaviesFeb 22, 20165 Comments

Value capture is fashionable but it's complex and politically difficult. Although it should have a place in funding infrastructure, it's not a silver bullet; it's contribution is likely to be modest

Can the Greens do better on transport policy?

Can the Greens do better on transport policy?

Alan DaviesMay 7, 201548 Comments

Political commentators agree Richard Di Natale is more policy oriented than his predecessor, so he should review a couple of recent transport issues where the Party has lost sight of its progressive rationale

Will High Speed Rail save the cities and develop the regions?

Will High Speed Rail save the cities and develop the regions?

Alan DaviesDec 19, 201217 Comments

Taking growth pressures off the city fringe while simultaneously developing the regions is one of the key arguments used to support proposals for a High Speed Rail network on Australia’s east coast. But is it a cost-effective way of doing either?

What are the benefits of east coast High Speed Rail?

What are the benefits of east coast High Speed Rail?

Alan DaviesNov 30, 201225 Comments

The Greens released a report this week claiming an east coast High Speed Rail line would deliver benefits of $48 billion. Trouble is, it would cost much more than this to build and would mainly benefit regional leisure travellers

Seriously, can Canberra really be Sydney's second airport?

Seriously, can Canberra really be Sydney's second airport?

Alan DaviesOct 10, 201225 Comments

Barry O'Farrell and Canberra Airport believe High Speed Rail will allow Sydney's second airport to be located 250 km away in Canberra. Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, reckons the idea is outrageous.

High Speed Rail: if they've got it, shouldn't we?

High Speed Rail: if they've got it, shouldn't we?

Alan DaviesSep 11, 201240 Comments

Would HSR solve Sydney's airport woes?

Would HSR solve Sydney's airport woes?

Alan DaviesApr 11, 201214 Comments

The inability of successive NSW and Australian governments to construct a second Sydney airport is taking on the proportions of a national tragedy. The failure to expand Sydney’s

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