4 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.

25 May 2020

An Australian bullet train would not be the climate saver you may think

Building a bullet train from Brisbane to Melbourne could lead to emissions being higher than they otherwise would have been for between 24 and 36 years. Here’s why.

24 May 2020

Regional rail plans hatched before the pandemic must be reconsidered

When we simply don’t know whether the population will be growing or what future travel and work patterns will be, it’s smart to keep our infrastructure options open.

24 May 2020

Faster trains won’t revive struggling regional cities or relieve pressure on crowded capitals

The most pressing needs of regional cities and towns include better internet and mobile connectivity, and better freight links – not faster passenger rail.

1 May 2020

New data shows Australians embrace physical distancing

Our greatest asset in the fight against COVID-19 is the community goodwill and common sense that has kept people at a distance from one another – since well before the government mandated it.

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?