OPINION

Trucks are destroying our roads and not picking up the repair cost

Trucks are destroying our roads and not picking up the repair cost

It's high time Australia changed its current road user charges for trucks. The shortfall between the charges for heavy vehicles and the money spent on things like road system maintenance, construction costs, road crashes involving heavy trucks, emissions, pollution and urban road congestion amounts to a taxpayer subsidy for the industry of at least $3 billion per annum.

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Canberra needs eyes wide open

Canberra needs eyes wide open

Sydney is getting its long-overdue second airport and that is very good news for western Sydney - and the whole country. The federal government and the responsible minister Paul Fletcher deserve credit for pressing the ''go'' button on an airport that's been paused since the 1980s.

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Fancy government financing could still cost the taxpayer

Fancy government financing could still cost the taxpayer

No sooner is one complicated financing idea from the government batted down, than another one pops up. We can expect more of them, now that the federal budget has established a new Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency.

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Here's what to look out for when politicians promise to spend big on infrastructure

Here's what to look out for when politicians promise to spend big on infrastructure

In moments of fierce political competition, there's one topic where most candidates find common ground - and that's infrastructure spending. Pledges to spend more on transport, energy, water, waste and telecommunications systems are seen as vote winners in democracies across the globe.

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Transport reform: the national opportunity in front of us

Transport reform: the national opportunity in front of us

Last week, Infrastructure Australia (IA) chief executive Philip Davis addressed the 2017 Roads Australia Summit in Sydney. He discussed the national opportunity through transport reform, explaining why, in the context of constrained government budgets, declining revenue from fuel excise, and technological change, road market reform is more important than ever. Here is an excerpt of his speech.

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How would engineers build the Golden Gate Bridge today?

How would engineers build the Golden Gate Bridge today?

Ever since the Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic on May 27, 1937, it's been an iconic symbol on the American landscape.

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"Once upon a time," said the engineer…

"Once upon a time," said the engineer…

The story of humankind is essentially one fantastic read, peppered with drama, tragedy and hair-raising exploits of heroism. From the first rock paintings through to Facebook, humanity has had a penchant for posting its legacy on walls. The oral and written word has always been one of our most powerful tools to reflect and reimagine our world and the role we play within it.

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The Belt and Road initiative: China's vision for globalisation, Beijing-style

The Belt and Road initiative: China's vision for globalisation, Beijing-style

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a multifaceted economic, diplomatic and geopolitical undertaking that has morphed through various iterations, from the "New Silk Road" to "One Belt One Road".

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Federal budget supportive of nation building agenda for Australia cities

Federal budget supportive of nation building agenda for Australia cities

The 2017-2018 Australian federal budget reaffirms government's commitment to several large infrastructure projects, most focused on improving the efficiency of our cities, says Aurecon's global leader, planning and environment, Matt Coetzee.

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To get the 'good debt' tick, infrastructure needs to be fit for future

To get the 'good debt' tick, infrastructure needs to be fit for future

In distinguishing between "good" and "bad" debt, federal Treasurer Scott Morrison equates good debt with infrastructure investment. However, not all infrastructure investment announced in the budget is necessarily "good".

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