There's real value in hard performance targets for business and government, but there are also dangers. Sometimes a single-minded focus on targets leads to negative outcomes elsewhere
The Victorian Government says it will commit to constructing a rail line to Melbourne airport in this year's budget. But is it about sensible policy or is it all about cynical and desperate politics?
It’s an election year in Victoria and so the gravy train’s already leaving the station. It’s obvious the Government’s rattled on public transport and says it'll lower fares. But is that good policy?
Two organisations reporting to the same Minister reckon the relative shares of travel by public transport and cars will be very different in the future. One builds roads; the other builds rail lines
Traffic counts on existing roads along the proposed alignment for Melbourne’s East-West Link show volumes were static or in many cases declined - by as much as 15% - between 2002 and 2011
For a place ostensibly lacking in conviction politicians, we’re seeing a lot of appeals to Principle over Pragmatism in Australian politics. For example, the Greens claimed the high moral ground on the original incarnation of the carbon price and did it again last week in the debate on asylum seekers. At a more modest level, the […]
There’s never any shortage of creativity when politicians, business and the media want to put a particular ‘spin’ – meaning an interpretation that furthers their own agenda, sometimes irrespective of logic, truth or salience – on an issue. I saw a couple of interesting ‘spins’ this week when the Victorian Government announced the public transport […]
In this short clip, Jon Faine from ABC 774 takes Victoria’s Transport Minister, Terry Mulder, to task for point-scoring over the Regional Rail Link (RRL). Despite criticising the proposed new $4.2 billion rail line while in opposition, the Baillieu Government has finally announced that the project will nevertheless go ahead. You’ve got to admire Jon […]
Sooner rather than later, the Baillieu Government is going to have to prove its credibility on public transport by making substantial progress on one of the rail lines it has promised. And I have an idea for where it should start. The easiest candidate is the promised Avalon rail line because its cost is estimated […]
Establishing the Victorian Public Transport Development Authority before Christmas is a smart move by the new Government. Such early action signals its commitment to tackling the problems with public transport. But the Premier and the Minister for Public Transport should not get too carried away – as so many others have – with the idea […]