Topic archives: infrastructure

There are far better things you could spend the $64 billion tax handout on

February 15, 2018 8

Even accepting the government's claims about its company tax cuts at face value, there's no evidence it's the best way to improve economic growth, or even business investment.

Dams and pipes wasting money, Productivity Commission warns

September 19, 2017 2

We're at risk of wasting billions on water infrastructure that isn't needed, the Productivity Commission has said -- repeating previous warnings about how we subsidise unviable irrigation.

Clean green Turnbull pumps Snowy Hydro PR back uphill, reuses it

August 28, 2017 28

Malcolm Turnbull's Snowy Hydro 2.0 is a couple of small announcements masquerading as a "gamechanger" in energy policy -- one the Productivity Commission fears will be a white elephant.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

July 27, 2017

What would Jesus do? ... chip budget for Treasury ... made-up Brisbane suburbs ...

Do we need to stop immigration to our major cities before it’s too late?

July 4, 2017 10

Determining the appropriate level of immigration for our cities is obviously an important public policy issue but too often sensible discussion is derailed by knee-jerk accusations of xenophobia or racism.

Tips and rumours

May 31, 2017 4

How much are we spending on infrastructure? ... where's Albo? ... an evening of cultural cringe ...

Turnbull’s infrastructure plans built on shaky ground, but escape proper scrutiny

May 24, 2017 10

There's no evidence we're getting infrastructure spending or decision-making right at the Commonwealth level.

Big bucks, boondoggles and Badgerys — NSW takes centre stage on infrastructure

May 9, 2017 1

This is, as promised, an infrastructure budget, even though some of the infrastructure projects are weird, wacky or just plain dumb.

Budget infrastructure spend crucial as investment growth fades

May 9, 2017

Infrastructure spending won't just be crucial to the government's political fortunes -- if the Reserve Bank is right, it might play an unexpectedly important role in supporting economic growth, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Education Minister renews government attack on young Australians

May 1, 2017 19

The 2017 budget is shaping up as another attack on young people in the form of education fee hikes and the squibbing of meaningful fixes for housing affordability.