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‘No business case’ for East West Link

The Napthine government’s signature East West Link policy would not have been able to pay for itself. Crikey Victorian politics reporter Dan Moss reports.

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Joe’s economic story just doesn’t add up

Voters aren’t buying Joe Hockey’s economic narrative. It could be because it just doesn’t stack up.

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One-term Baird? Tell ‘em they’re dreaming

Labor opposes the privatisation of NSW’s poles and wires, but without that sale it also wouldn’t be able to deliver any of the infrastructure spending promised by the Liberals.

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Sydney tunnel needs ventilation as Baird blows more hot air

Why did Mike Baird bury the announcement of a signature re-election policy plan amid the hubbub of the Melbourne Cup? Perhaps because it’s barely a plan at all.

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Woe is Joe: or, how the budget narrative was lost

Joe Hockey’s woes this week reflect how the government’s budget narrative barely survived budget night.

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Infrastructure: genuinely new roads money, but check the detail

There’s definitely new money in Joe Hockey’s budget for road infrastructure. But the detail reveals it’s not as much as the government wants us to believe.

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Research is fine, but what can we do today for health?

Crikey readers talk overhauling the healthcare system and the relative merits of roads.

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Budget 2014-15: the key questions to ask Joe Hockey today

The key questions to ask about tonight’s federal budget focus on who will pay, how fair it will be and what it will do to economic growth. Crikey asks the tough questions.

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A budget road paved with gold? Dodgy maths and infrastructure wins

Who’ll be the big winners under Tony “Infrastructure PM” Abbott? The federal budget could deliver billions to infrastructure contractors, but Labor reckons the maths is dodgy.

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RBA unlikely to be popular at David Murray’s financial inquiry

The RBA’s views on a range of issues are unlikely to be welcome at David Murray’s financial services inquiry. But they’re backed by a key super sector, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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The problem with debt is we don’t have enough of it

Debt, debt, debt. It’s not the bogeyman; lifting government borrowings would be good for the economy. Let’s have an adult conversation about a topic the voters seem to be terrified of.

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Keane’s slash-and-burn suggestions for the Commission of Audit

If the Commission of Audit is serious about eliminating unnecessary government activities, here are some suggestion (including selling off AusPost).

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The good and the bad of Hockey’s Commission of Audit

Joe Hockey is lifting the debt ceiling and firing up a Commission of Audit to tell us what to privatise or cut. The scope of the Commission is excellent, but the panel members are mostly duds, write Crikey commentators Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Infrastructure: does getting the facts right matter anymore?

Being straight with the truth seems to be an increasingly rare occurrence in the community consultation process, to the detriment of local goodwill and responsible planning, writes Alan Davies.

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Transport: Australia’s ‘Cleopatra problem’

Much like the 1963 film, monstrous construction costs are the biggest impediment to new transport infrastructure projects, writes Alan Davies.

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We need to build it, but will they come? Private infrastructure problems

Poor assessment of risk, and motorists’ loathing of tolls, has long made infrastructure funding problematic. The NSW government is trying for a new approach.

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High-speed rail just doesn’t add up — time to move on

The new report on high-speed rail shows that in Australia the numbers simply don’t add up for it. And won’t for many, many decades. It’s time we all moved on.

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Keane’s fantasy budget (and how to pay for it)

Removing middle class welfare and tax reform would deliver a health surplus while addressing some key economic problems.

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What would a real economic reform budget look like?

What would a hardcore economic reform budget look like, stripped of political self-interest? It depends on what your economic priorities are.

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A tale of Frank Packer’s lost dogs

Crikey readers have their say.

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Abbott makes Irish joke of Liberals’ economic cred

Tony Abbott’s incapacity to handle the basics of economic policy is hurting his party.

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Life on the railroad: caught between state screw-ups and federal follies

More than six months after the ill-fated Brumby government rattled dozens of Footscray residents and business-owners by forgetting to tell them about a plan to bulldoze their properties to make way for the new Regional Rail Link, homeowners here are facing more uncertainty. Local resident Pat McGrath explains.

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Why you won’t hear calls for a CBA of the post-flood reconstruction

Post-disaster reconstruction illuminates the irrational, but humane, approach we sometimes adopt to infrastructure provision.

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‘Critical infrastructure’ = hysterical
reaction

The “critical infrastructure” apparently leaked by WikiLeaks is a bureaucratic exercise that tells us nothing. Why is the press overreacting?

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Coalition’s infrastructure policy: good if you’re paranoid about debt

The Coalition finally offers some sensible policy on infrastructure, but it’s on the wrong track in a few areas.

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