With the 2016-17 budget potentially a relic, there’s an opportunity to step back from the cruel and uncaring decision to increase the excise on smoking by (yet another) 50% Is it time to rethink how smoking is taxed?
Articles from The Melbourne Urbanist
The justification for a big investment like the $11 Billion Melbourne Metro isn’t to save the planet – it will do very little to reduce GHGs Will new rail lines save the planet?
Labor’s election promise to extend Melbourne’s Route 11 tram by one kilometre isn’t about good transport policy; it’s a political move to protect incumbent David Feeny Is this tram project good policy or naked politicking?
This table of the public transport election promises of the three major parties should be useful but it frames the information in a way that blatantly favours one party Is this comparison of election promises fair?
Comparing the costs of ostensibly similar infrastructure projects is a fraught exercise. Differences in scope are often overlooked; it’s vital to compare like with like Infrastructure costs: is like always compared with like?
A “dispersed network” is the smart approach to public transport but politics means the Greens Transit City plan for Perth leaves most of the important questions unanswered Is the Greens Transit City a good but half-baked idea?
Including Turnbull's Cities Plan, safe cycling, heritage, schools, dogs, HSR, public transport, Fairfax, bottle shops, railway stations, and autonomous vehicles
Biz Shrapnel reckons it’s time to build; construction costs are plummeting and governments have a “window” of opportunity – it might not last – to spend on infrastructure Is it time to ramp-up infrastructure spending?
In an astonishing display of sanity – especially during an election campaign – the Turnbull Government has backed away from its earlier enthusiasm for High Speed Rail Is the High Speed Rail bandwagon slowing down?
There are doubts about whether the one-metre overtaking law increases safety for cyclists, but that’s not the only rationale for the law; it has an important symbolic role in promoting cycling Is the one-metre cycling law a sensible reform?