Category Archives: Transport

Guest post – Where is NSW getting the money to fund its massive infrastructure spending?

I am delighted to publish another guest post from my friend and fellow economist Dr Alistair Robson. Views expressed in this article are Alistair’s, and should not necessarily be attributed to me. Where is NSW getting the money to fund … Continue reading

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Inquiry should consider contestability and privatisation of QR services

One of the alleged benefits of public provision of services is that levels of service and reliability are higher than for private provision, but the crisis engulfing Queensland Rail at the moment suggests we should question that purported benefit. It … Continue reading

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Another example of the high cost of free parking in Toowong

Poor economics is at the core of the latest parking dispute in the leafy Brisbane western suburb of Toowong, particularly a misunderstanding about property rights and the lack of a price mechanism for allocating the car parks (see Toowong commuters … Continue reading

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Heavy criticism of Qld’s infrastructure deficit at IAQ Infrastructure Summit

Government ministers should accept speaking invitations at important conferences so they can communicate with industry and the public, and, also, so they can deny Opposition members 20 minute speaking slots in which they can criticise the Government’s performance. That is … Continue reading

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Fantastic news about Uber legalisation – now Government needs to resist calls for compensation of taxi industry

It is fantastic news that the Queensland Government will, finally, legalise Uber, as reported in both the Courier-Mail and Brisbane Times this morning, although the option the Government apparently prefers is somewhat less than full deregulation, as taxis will continue … Continue reading

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Recommended reading: Matchmakers

It was reported in yesterday’s Sunday-Mail (24 July, p. 21) that “Baby boomers are increasingly turning to Uber, Airbnb and eBay to boost their retirement income because of stockmarket falls and minuscule bank interest rates.” That is, they are participating … Continue reading

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XRR business case should be released in full to give public comfort it is value for money

Yesterday, the Queensland Government sent the Federal Government the business case for the $5 billion Cross River Rail (XRR) project, but alas it has only provided the public with an inadequate, opaque four-page (not counting the cover page) summary of … Continue reading

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