Menu
Scroll to top
Topic: Melbourne
Is labelling the outer suburbs as ‘job deserts’ helpful?

Is labelling the outer suburbs as ‘job deserts’ helpful?

Fringe suburbs have historically always had fewer jobs than workers. What policy makers should focus on is providing good transport links to the more central parts of the city where most of the employers want to be

Should public transport fares be abolished?

Should public transport fares be abolished?

It's a popular idea, but the revenue foregone from abolishing fares in a city like Melbourne would have a bigger impact if it were instead spent on making public transport more competitive with driving

Should Shorten fund Melbourne’s suburban rail loop?

Should Shorten fund Melbourne’s suburban rail loop?

Federal Labor's promise to contribute $10 billion toward the cost of the $50 billion Melbourne suburban rail loop shows it's prepared to see a generation or two of infrastructure funding pissed away if it offers a political advantage

Why do (some) motorists think cyclists don’t have a right to the roads?

Why do (some) motorists think cyclists don’t have a right to the roads?

Very few motorists are actively hostile toward cyclists, but many more don't see them as legitimate or equal road users. There's a role for government in helping to change negative attitudes

Suburban rail loop – how can this mistake be prevented?

Suburban rail loop – how can this mistake be prevented?

It'll probably make sense one day, but the promised $50 billion Melbourne suburban rail loop is the wrong project at this time. There are much higher priorities. The Andrews government should be helped to back away from this careless and cynical commitment

Could powered two-wheelers be a game-changer for urban travel?

Could powered two-wheelers be a game-changer for urban travel?

Although there’s never been a strong tradition of cycling in Australia's capitals like there is in many European cities, the availability of battery powered bicycles and scooters is potentially a game-changer

Is growth in driving really outstripping surging population?

Is growth in driving really outstripping surging population?

For the last 14 years car travel in Melbourne grew slower than both population and public transport travel, but it's still increasing in absolute terms

Isn’t long-term planning for urban public transport a no-brainer?

Isn’t long-term planning for urban public transport a no-brainer?

The Rail Futures Institute’s Melbourne Rail Plan is the sort of comprehensive metropolitan plan that the Government's failed to release, preferring instead to pull out ad-hoc projects just before the next election

Isn’t there a much, much better way to do cross-city public transport?

Isn’t there a much, much better way to do cross-city public transport?

Progressives and public transport advocates should be calling the Andrews government out on its nakedly political suburban rail "loop" ploy, not falling for it. There's a much better alternative that could deliver real benefits

Has Daniel Andrews gone loopy on rail?

Has Daniel Andrews gone loopy on rail?

The Andrews government's planned $50 billion loop rail line around outer suburban Melbourne signals Victorian Labor has joined the other parties in giving up on rational urban policy