Topic archives: Malcolm Turnbull

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

May 14, 2018 19

A rail line from Melbourne airport to the CBD will very likely be necessary one day, but an upgraded SkyBus can do the job in the short-to-medium term at vastly lower cost

Are the politicians trying to con us on this one?

Are the politicians trying to con us on this one?

August 10, 2017

If the "20-minute" city is defined by how many everyday services can be accessed by bicycle then we've already got it and the claims of Federal and State leaders look like a con

Is the High Speed Rail bandwagon slowing down?

Is the High Speed Rail bandwagon slowing down?

June 21, 2016 10

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

Does Turnbull’s ’30-minute city’ work for secondary school trips?

Does Turnbull’s ’30-minute city’ work for secondary school trips?

June 8, 2016 8

If Malcolm Turnbull’s idea of the 30-minute city is going to work anywhere it should work for traditionally local trips like getting to high school, shouldn't it?

Is Turnbull’s ’30-minute city’ a serious election issue?

Is Turnbull’s ’30-minute city’ a serious election issue?

May 30, 2016

The 30-minute city is the big urban policy idea both the Government and the Opposition are bringing to the election. But how realistic is it? Can they actually deliver on this one?

Turnbull’s Smart Cities Plan: is that all there is?

Turnbull’s Smart Cities Plan: is that all there is?

May 2, 2016 6

The Prime Minister's vaunted Smart Cities Plan is light on actions but it offers some interesting insights into the Government's thinking on cities policy

Surely the 30-minute city makes sense for primary school trips?

Surely the 30-minute city makes sense for primary school trips?

April 6, 2016 6

Malcolm Turnbull's 30-minute city idea might look easy at first glance, but even delivering on primary school trips will require a level of commitment and political courage he can't manage

Has Turnbull’s cities rhetoric radicalised the Liberal Premiers?

Has Turnbull’s cities rhetoric radicalised the Liberal Premiers?

April 1, 2016 4

Comments by Australia’s conservative Premiers indicate the PM isn’t alone in his embrace of new urbanist philosophy. It seems traditional political understandings might need to be revised

Is Turnbull’s “30-minute city” all spin (or a really useful idea)?

Is Turnbull’s “30-minute city” all spin (or a really useful idea)?

March 16, 2016 8

Politicians don't like to be too specific because it invites criticism and accountability, so both the Government and the Opposition are spinning the aspirational idea of "the 30-minute city"

Will simply building more public transport seriously suppress car use?

Will simply building more public transport seriously suppress car use?

February 18, 2016 52

The Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for cities is welcome. Now he needs to come to grips with the painful reality of how ineffectual most of the fashionable urban policy prescriptions are

Is it a problem there’s no Minister for Cities anymore?

Is it a problem there’s no Minister for Cities anymore?

February 17, 2016

Malcolm Turnbull doesn't need a Minister for Cities; his decision to take direct control of the portfolio is personal. It is very likely, as he says, an improvement on previous arrangements

Will politicians ever do anything real about cars in our cities?

Will politicians ever do anything real about cars in our cities?

February 1, 2016 28

Politicians like to give the impression they're taking action to prepare our cities for growth but it's mostly rhetoric; they continue to avoid taking serious action to address the role of cars

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in November 2015

Recap: all the topics discussed by The Urbanist in November 2015

December 21, 2015

Including liveable suburbs, the media and cities, what Turnbull should do on cities policy, public transport, traffic congestion, airport rail, distinctive city architecture, Paris Metro, cycling in Amsterdam, and inner suburban parking

Innovation: haven’t we been here before?

Innovation: haven’t we been here before?

December 8, 2015 4

The Prime Minister’s innovation statement looks like the grandchild of the high profile programs Bob Hawke and his Industry Minister, John Button, set up in the early 1980s

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

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

November 11, 2015 6

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

Would urban policy benefit from a greater diversity of views?

Would urban policy benefit from a greater diversity of views?

September 29, 2015 4

The Prime Minister's enthusiasm for cities offers the possibility that some leading conservatives might recognise their affinity with urbanism and start to engage with it in a positive way

Is Shorten letting Turnbull off the hook on cities policy?

Is Shorten letting Turnbull off the hook on cities policy?

September 28, 2015 3

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

Where’s the $4.5 billion taken from public transport funding?

Where’s the $4.5 billion taken from public transport funding?

September 23, 2015 6

The Opposition reckons Malcolm Turnbull should reinstate the $4.5 billion Tony Abbott "cut" from urban public transport. Trouble is the money never existed

Does Turnbull’s Minister for Cities mean it’s a whole new world?

Does Turnbull’s Minister for Cities mean it’s a whole new world?

September 21, 2015 8

There’s lots of rejoicing about Malcolm Turnbull's appointment of a Minister for Cities. But let's hold the champagne until he shows he's really serious about urban policy and can really deliver