Tag Archives: Infrastructure Australia

LUKE FRASER. The ‘Big Picture’ in infrastructure: even more depressing than the little picture?

As news broke recently that the Sydney Metro project would necessitate the closure of Sydney’s Bankstown rail line for a few months each year until well into next decade, the latest State Transport minister urged everyone to ‘look at the … Continue reading

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LUKE FRASER. Infrastructure – a partner in our labours.

  The Senate must be permitted to help avoid major infrastructure debacles.  Many recent posts in Pearls and Irritations have focussed on democratic renewal. Some have decried a lack of trust and competence in our political class. At the same … Continue reading

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JOHN AUSTEN. Is there a simple way of dealing with national infrastructure issues? Yes, but it is not a simple matter of adopting Infrastructure Australia’s ‘project list’.

The argument Recent pieces offered a seemingly simple way forward to deal with national infrastructure issues. It should be simple. All parties should commit to (Infrastructure Australia’s) “project” list – in part or in full – and then stop spending. … Continue reading

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John Austen. Grattan Institute on transport projects: a better mousetrap?

In ‘Road to riches: better transport investment’ the respected Grattan Institute joined commentators, independent authorities and lobby groups in advancing ideas on transport ‘investment’. Like others it proposed publication of assessments for public spending; a better mousetrap to ensnare politically … Continue reading

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Luke Fraser. Grattan in the transport pantomime: ‘You’re getting colder … ‘

Earlier this month the Grattan Institute made its first major report into transport, producing Roads to Riches: better transport spending[i]. The 70-page report is replete with interesting-enough statistics, but it misses the mark on the major problems and where solutions … Continue reading

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Building Australia’s white elephant – cheap buy for white knight Telstra

Tony Abbott gave Malcolm Turnbull instructions to undermine the NBN. As Minister for Communications it is apparent that that is what Turnbull did. As Prime Minister he could have reversed the damage to NBN. But he chose not to. In … Continue reading

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Paul Budde. Building Australia’s white elephant – cheap buy for white knight Telstra.

The following piece by Paul Budde foreshadows a ‘white knight’ role for Telstra when NBN fails.  He says: We are now getting a second-rate network and the first signs from customers, as we heard in a recent Senate Hearing, are … Continue reading

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Luke Fraser. Shorten, Infrastructure Australia and boldness.

Infrastructure Australia (IA) has truly become something to conjure with; it has even spawned a comedy series. Where is it headed? Last week Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten outlined Labor’s vision. This involved: a new $10 billion IA financing facility … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The infrastructure mess and wasteful road spending.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott said that he planned to be the infrastructure prime minister. There was little to show for it apart from wasteful spending on roads. He said that the Commonwealth should ‘stick to its knitting’ and not … Continue reading

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Marion Terrill. Budget infrastructure spending serves mainly political gains.

Current Affairs Tony Abbott famously told Australians he wanted to be known as the infrastructure prime minister and in the 2013 election campaign committed to “retain and strengthen the role of Infrastructure Australia, to create a more transparent, accountable and … Continue reading

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