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Dams and pipes wasting money, Productivity Commission warns

Bernard Keane September 19, 2017 2 Comments

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

Bernard Keane August 28, 2017 28 Comments

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

Crikey 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?

Alan Davies July 4, 2017 10 Comments

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

Crikey May 31, 2017 4 Comments

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

Bernard Keane May 24, 2017 10 Comments

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

Bernard Keane May 9, 2017 1 Comment

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

Crikey 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

Bernard Keane May 1, 2017 19 Comments

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.

Good debt, bad debt, ugly debt

Bernard Keane April 28, 2017 5 Comments

Scott Morrison should go all the way with "good debt" and "bad debt" and hand control of infrastructure spending to an independent body rather than politicians.