14 June 2020

Queensland has higher priorities than faster trains

In the post-pandemic world, the best infrastructure investment is in improving the productive capacity of the transport system. It’s not a time for politicians to be tempting voters with speculative needs.

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.

19 May 2020

Sydney’s sensible steps to ease out of the great coronavirus lockdown

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has shown the way on public transport. The question now is which of the other states will follow her lead?

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.

28 April 2020

Look beyond a silver bullet train for post-pandemic stimulus

Federal Labor’s idea for a very fast train from Brisbane to Melbourne would not be a good use of a generation’s worth of infrastructure spending. Here’s why.

25 October 2019

Congestion charging is a smart way to make our cities work better

Many of us pay quite a bit of money to be on the road. But we also pay with something else valuable – our time. Congestion charging will help us get some of that time back.

14 October 2019

Sydney, it’s time to embrace congestion charging

Even a modest charge could mean up to 40 per cent fewer cars entering the central area in the morning peak, and speed increases similar to those from building new freeways that cost billions of dollars.