Two men shaking hands over a construction deal with a hard hat in foreground

Megabang for megabucks: driving a harder bargain on megaprojects


by Marion Terrill, Owain Emslie and Lachlan Fox

Taxpayers pay too much for major road and rail projects in Australia because governments don’t drive a hard bargain on contracts with the big construction firms.

  • Transport and Cities Program Director

    Marion Terrill

    Marion is a leading transport and cities expert with a long history in public policy. She has worked on tax policy for the federal Treasury, and led the design and development of the MyGov account. She has provided expert analysis and advice on labour market policy for the Federal Government, the Business Council of Australia, and at the Australian National University. Marion joined Grattan Institute in 2015 to establish the Transport Program, which she expanded to include Cities in 2016. At Grattan, Marion has published on a wide variety of topics, including investment in transport infrastructure, cost overruns, value capture, traffic congestion, discount rates, and the ways the COVID crisis is changing Australian cities.


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