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That was The week That was… w/e 29 October

That was The week That was… w/e 29 October

Tw3 provides a brief commentary on stories bearing on the delights and discontents of urbanism that were in the news over the week ending 29 October 2017

Saturday links

Saturday links

Interesting, useful, sometimes provocative and occasionally amusing links for anyone interested in cities

What can we learn from the East West Link debacle?

What can we learn from the East West Link debacle?

The public release of the business case for the East West Link shows the importance of transparent and rational assessment of infrastructure proposals rather than faith-based advocacy

Is indexation of fuel excise good policy?

Is indexation of fuel excise good policy?

The federal government says it will restore indexation of the fuel excise despite opposition from Labor and the Greens. Indexation is as sensible today as it was when Bob Hawke introduced it in 1983

Is there a case for keeping the East West Link business plan a secret?

Is there a case for keeping the East West Link business plan a secret?

The Victorian Government says it can't release the business plan for the East West Link because it would bid up tenderers' costs. But the Productivity Commission says that's nonsense

Is the fuel excise a “carbon tax on steroids”?

Is the fuel excise a “carbon tax on steroids”?

It might've been a gaffe, but Tony Abbott is right to say the fuel excise is effectively a carbon tax. The Greens and Labor should support the Government's plan to restore indexation

Should the fuel excise be increased? Yes, Minister!

Should the fuel excise be increased? Yes, Minister!

If the leaks are right, Joe Hockey will increase the excise tax on motor fuel in tomorrow's Budget. He should do it: it might be politically 'courageous', but it would also be good policy

What did abolition of petrol excise indexation cost?

What did abolition of petrol excise indexation cost?

What’s John Howard’s 2001 decision to abolish automatic indexation of the petrol excise costing the nation? According to ABC journalist Annabel Crabb, the then-PM’s “state of electoral existential panic” more than ten years ago is now costing the Federal budget a massive $5 billion per year. That’s a huge amount. It’s more than Gonski says […]

Are parking prices at the airport a rip-off?

Are parking prices at the airport a rip-off?

The new draft report by the Productivity Commission on Economic Regulation of Airport Services has sparked outrage among readers of The Age for its finding that parking fees at Tullamarine are “not a ripoff”. Last time I looked there were 110 comments on The Age Online, virtually every one of them dripping with vitriol. Whether […]

Are planning regulations making retailing uncompetitive?

Are planning regulations making retailing uncompetitive?

I agree with Australia’s retailers and the Productivity Commission that imported internet purchases valued at less than $1,000 should be subject to GST. But I only agree in-principle. The trouble is, as the Productivity Commission’s report on retailing released last week shows, the administrative effort required to levy the GST would cost more than the […]