12 June 2019

User-pays is the best congestion buster

The most pressing infrastructure concern is not funding future roads, but how to get the most out of the road network we already have.

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.

15 May 2019

Transport promises for Election 2019: the good, the bad and the downright ugly

Our politicians should stop donning hardhats and promising infrastructure before they’ve done their homework — because every dud project built cannibalises a worthy one.

9 April 2019

Business-as-usual record on transport leaves next government plenty of room to improve

Whichever party wins the 2019 federal election should commit to careful assessment of transport gaps and problems, consideration of the various feasible solutions, and rigorous evaluation of the preferred approach.

3 April 2019

Budget 2019: the pattern of transport spending is unusual

Don’t get too excited about the infrastructure spend: the rhetoric may be big, but the scale of the numbers is nothing unusual. What is different is the pattern of spending over the forward estimates.

20 March 2019

Coalition and ALP share the road to project blow-outs

There’s a media-driven perception that NSW has an infrastructure deficit because of its fast population growth. Voters might think any new project must be worthwhile if it helps the state catch up. But spending on a poorly chosen project means not spending on a worthwhile one.

14 March 2019

How the NSW election promises on transport stack up

The major parties are promising projects costing tens of billions of dollars, with a surprisingly large overlap between them. Yet only two have been endorsed by infrastructure authorities.

12 March 2019

‘Congestion-busting’ election pledges won’t solve Sydney’s problems

State governments act as if building expensive new transport projects is the only way to respond to population growth. They’re wrong. Here’s why.

12 March 2019

Don’t get too excited about Melbourne’s suburban rail loop

There are plenty of reasons to be sceptical about Premier Daniel Andrews’ popular plan for a $50 billion rail tunnel through the middle-ring suburbs of Melbourne.