4 April 2016
More disciplined selection of transport infrastructure projects would mean less wasteful spending and better transport networks, built where and when they will make the most difference. Now that would be a project worth voting for.
4 April 2016
With a federal election looming, we can expect to see plenty of hard hats and fluoro vests on the evening news, along with promises of new freeways and rail lines.
15 March 2016
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.
2 December 2015
The Commonwealth spends at around $6 billion a year on transport – yet Australia’s transport system today is not all that different to what it was 50 – 100 years ago. New technologies are developing quickly, and regulators need to keep up.
14 October 2015
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.
9 July 2015
Transport’s value lies not so much in the service itself, but in its power to enable us to move around and enjoy the things we care about.
13 May 2015
The big announcements in this year’s Budget are not high on the Infrastructure Priority List. The Commonwealth seems not to be listening to its own independent advisory body.
2 March 2015
There’s no perfect way to balance the kinds of difficult trade-offs involved in improving Sydney’s complex traffic, housing and other urban planning challenges. But it is possible to do better.
5 May 2014
The Prime Minister wants to lift growth by getting the states to spend more on roads, airports and other capital works. But states have never spent more on infrastructure than they are doing today, and the benefit is not clear.
1 February 2011