Train tracks running into the distance

Fast train fever: Why renovated rail might work but bullet trains won’t


by Marion Terrill

Australia should dump the decades-old dream of building an east-coast bullet train, and we should be wary of expensive promises to upgrade regional rail lines.


01 June 2020

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04 June 2020

The dos and don’ts of post-pandemic stimulus

If governments are going to add to the growing debt mountain, they should do so in a way that sets us up for the future we’ll actually have, not the one we imagined before COVID-19.


01 June 2020

Money for social housing, not home buyers grants, is the key to construction stimulus

Funding social housing won’t provide windfalls for developers. But it will keep construction workers on the job and help some of Australia’s most vulnerable.


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