June, 2018

Telstra revamp suggests NBN rollout failure is even worse than we thought

, Jun 21, 2018

NBN insists it will complete its rollout by 2020. Telstra management doesn't appear to share its optimism, and has scaled back its expectations of NBN-derived revenue based on its own estimate of the troubled broadband provider's rollout.

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

, Feb 15, 2018

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

, Sep 19, 2017

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

, Aug 28, 2017

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.
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Tips and rumours

, Jul 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?

, Jul 04, 2017

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

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

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 09, 2017

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 09, 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.