September, 2017

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Is Daniel Andrews selling out public transport?

, Sep 13, 2017

Victoria's Andrews Government has decided to continue with franchised management of Melbourne's trains and trams rather than bring them back under direct government control
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A regional rail fantasy map

, Aug 08, 2017

Here's master mapmaker Adam Mattinson's vision of what a high quality regional rail network could look like in Victoria. Sheer fantasy, you say?
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Will these changes seriously improve affordability?

, Mar 08, 2017

The Victorian government says "it's tackling housing affordability head on", but its new housing initiatives are mostly about keeping up appearances
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Is decentralisation regional sprawl by another name?

, Nov 14, 2016

Decentralisation is a perennial political favourite because intuitively it seems sensible; but current proposals look a lot more like regional sprawl than regional development
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Does having the funds make a poor project OK?

, Sep 21, 2016

The extra $10 billion the Victorian government is getting from the sale of the port of Melbourne doesn't turn a poor project like a station at South Yarra into something worth doing
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Shouldn’t every state have a one-metre cycling law?

, Sep 19, 2016

The one-metre overtaking law sends the message that cycling matters, is here to stay, is going to get bigger, and motorists must adapt their behaviour and attitudes
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Is the risk of dying on a motorbike increasing?

, Aug 31, 2016

The number of motorcyclists who've died on Victorian roads is up significantly in the first half of this year compared to last year. It's too early to say though if it's a permanent increase
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Will these standards really make apartment residents better off?

, Aug 15, 2016

The Victorian government has no idea if its draft standards for apartments will make future residents better off or worse off. That's poor policy-making
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Does having a Minister for Suburbs mean it’s a whole new world?

, May 24, 2016

First we had a Federal Minister for Cities, now we have a state Minister for Suburban Development; but the early indications are that both initiatives are more about politics than policy
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What do awards tell us about the quality of architecture?

, May 12, 2016

Architecture awards could provide valuable insight into what it takes to create excellence but it seems they're mostly about keeping up professional appearances