Infrastructure


Considering climate costs

Let’s be frank about climate costs

Within the cut and thrust of the federal election campaign, there’s been a lot of debate about the costs of tackling climate change. Unfortunately, the focus on costs diverts people’s attention from the real issues and leaves them feeling anxious and uncertain – perhaps by design. A little clear thinking...

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Public value account for infrastructure

Bringing infrastructure investment to account

Is infrastructure spending creating sustainable public value? How can we tell? Perhaps public value accounts are a timely and valuable lever to enhance the calibre of public debate, project investment decisions and support for better public sector practices. “Do we need ribbon-cutting infrastructure for jobs and growth?” It’s the question...

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Smart people, smart cities

Enabling smart cities with smart citizens

Australia is facing into some big challenges – and opportunities – in modernising its public infrastructure and education systems. Features of ‘smart cities’ sit in the solution set to both issues. Yet the realisation of sustainable and smart cities has been painfully slow. What can be done to accelerate change?...

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Finkel energy review

Implementing Finkel’s energy switch

On 9th June, the Australian Government released the ‘Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market’, known as the Finkel Review. It was an urgent, substantial and ultimately well-received contribution to sustaining Australia’s prosperity. The question is: has the Review addressed the root cause of our energy...

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Public infrastructure investment choices

Public infrastructure: who’s creating great investment options?

The focus on making better infrastructure investment choices begs the question: who’s offering great investment options? While customers and markets have a role to play in achieving better infrastructure performance, they’re not the whole solution. Governments must also be more specific about public infrastructure outcomes they want to buy. It’s...

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