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Are motorways the only answer to traffic congestion?

Are motorways the only answer to traffic congestion?

Contrary to Mr Abbott's assertion, the East West Link isn't necessary to reduce urban traffic congestion; it’s a symptom of the failure of governments at all levels to manage excessive demand.

Three misconceptions about the East West Link

Three misconceptions about the East West Link

The East West Link appears to be heading for the dustbin, so some of the misconceptions and exaggerations around it should be dustbinned too in the interests of promoting quality public debate

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 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

Albanese: “public transport is the low-hanging fruit”

Albanese: “public transport is the low-hanging fruit”

Guest writer Anthony Albanese says Melbourne Metro, Brisbane Cross-River Rail, Perth Airport rail link and Adelaide's Tonsley Park public transport project all warrant Commonwealth funding

Should Tony Abbott have a policy on cities?

Should Tony Abbott have a policy on cities?

There's speculation Tony Abbott will abolish the Major Cities Unit. He should think twice as Commonwealth policies have a huge impact on cities. And good policy advice is a bargain

What are the big trends shaping transport?

What are the big trends shaping transport?

A look at some important trends that could shape transport in the future, including autonomous cars, dematerialisation, real-time information via sensors and crowd-sourcing, and more

Is this the best (road) option for Melbourne?

Is this the best (road) option for Melbourne?

It looks like construction of Melbourne’s East-West Link freeway will go ahead while Melbourne Metro languishes, but the case hasn’t been made that the Link is the best road option available

Is the press giving readers unbiased news?

Is the press giving readers unbiased news?

The East-West Link promoted by Tony Abbott and Dennis Napthine looks questionable, but the media should promote debate on its merits not pedal equally doubtful arguments on the front page

What does the budget say about transport?

What does the budget say about transport?

Brisbane’s Cross River Rail and Melbourne’s Metro are good projects and warrant funding, but the budget for transport infrastructure is driven more by smart politics than good policy