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.

21 November 2018

Eight charts that explain Victoria’s transport election

The most magical time of the year is upon Victorians: election season. The (taxpayer-funded) gifts promised by the major parties far exceed anything Santa could bring. And the multi-billion-dollar toys on everybody’s wish list? Trains, tracks and roads.

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.

23 October 2018

Slow and steady wins the race for Hobart

We should celebrate Hobart’s unremarkable population growth. Sensible growth creates space for sensible planning. This will minimise future growing pains while still allowing us to enjoy everything that new people have to offer.

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?

2 October 2018

Drunk on growth, but now sobering up

The end of the mining boom still feels like a bad hangover. And waking up bleary-eyed the next morning, Perth seems sluggish and irritable, reminiscing glumly over black coffee about last night’s shenanigans. At its peak in 2012, Perth was rushing along helter-skelter at 3.3 per cent annual population growth. Today it’s back down to 1 percent.

2 October 2018

Our fast-growing cities and their people are proving to be remarkably adaptable

Outer-suburban dwellers in our large capital cities are the modern version of Menzies’ “forgotten people”, if the government is to be believed. The image of a low-income commuter forced to spend over an hour driving to the CBD is all too common, as the media reach for a way to make sense of population growth.