4 June 2019

Assessing members of the Albanese shadow ministry

Grattan’s Transport Program Director Marion Terrill and Visiting Health Fellow Hal Swerissen look at the policy challenges facing Infrastructure Shadow Minister Catherine King, NDIS Shadow Minister Bill Shorten, Health Shadow Minister Chris Bowen, and Ageing and Seniors and Women Shadow Minister Julie Collins.

29 May 2019

Assessing members of the new Morrison ministry

Grattan’s Transport Program Director Marion Terrill and Visiting Health Fellow Hal Swerissen look at the policy challenges facing Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack, NDIS Minister Stuart Robert, and Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck.

30 October 2018

Infrastructure splurge ignores smarter ways to keep growing cities moving

It’s already started. We may be only entering the formal election campaign in Victoria tonight, but massive transport announcements are in full swing from the state Labor government, the Coalition opposition and the Greens. And with an election due next March in New South Wales, we can be sure the major parties in that state won’t be far behind.

10 October 2018

Beware ‘congestion-busting’ politicians bent on new infrastructure

With Victorian, NSW and federal elections in the months ahead, be very sceptical of “congestion-busting” election pledges.

2 October 2018

Does Adelaide really need to jump on the growth bandwagon?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently described Adelaide as a city “crying out” for more migration. And it’s true – the population has grown much more slowly than the bigger capitals in recent years. But does Adelaide really need to jump on the growth bandwagon? Is it ready for what that might entail?

3 July 2017

Stuck in traffic: busting Melbourne versus Sydney myths and identifying the worst commutes

Crawling along in low gear, Melbourne drivers often comfort themselves with the thought that at least they’re not in Sydney, where “everyone knows” traffic delays are longer and even more frustrating. Sorry, Melburnians, but you’re kidding yourselves.

20 March 2017

Bush may not like it but our cities must come first

Each day seems to bring a new advocate for more spending in our regions. The idea seems to be to stop the “unhealthy” growth of our capital cities and prevent a US-style geographic divide between the haves in the big smoke and the have-nots in the bush. But plucking infrastructure projects off some wish list is a reckless use of public money

20 March 2017

Value capture: a good idea to fund infrastructure but not easy in practice

Is “value capture” a wonderful untapped opportunity to fulfill all our infrastructure dreams? Or is it just a new way to sting the taxpayer? Our new report casts a cold, hard gaze over value capture, and finds that it’s a good tax in theory, but will prove very hard to put into practice.

15 March 2016

We need to cut wasteful spending on infrastructure

The real question for both the federal and NSW governments is not how to plan the system from scratch, but rather how to identify the most important additions to an already mature network.

14 October 2015

City geography and economic policy

Australia’s economy is increasingly dominated by services produced in cities. But our big cities are nearing their limits. They are dividing geographically, home ownership is falling, and people can’t get the housing they want. Planning, housing, tax and transport policies need to adjust.