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Presidential candidates Joko Widodo (L) and Prabowo Subianto (R) shake hands during a debate among candidates in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 February 2019. EPA/Adi Weda

Incumbent Jokowi wins over Prabowo in Indonesia’s second presidential debate: experts respond

Prabowo Subianto spoke in normative terms and failed to criticise Joko Widodo's work.
The Chinese-funded Madura Toll Bridge was built to connect industrial zones between Surabaya and Madura. But the planned development of industrial zones at both ends of the bridge has never been realised. www.shutterstock.com

How Indonesia can avoid pitfalls of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China is keen to invest in Indonesia's infrastructure. But before signing any new, Indonesia must be certain that new physical infrastructures financed with debt will not be in vain
Around the world, government officials fail often at implementing policy and public sector projects. Here’s why. (Shutterstock)

Why governments are so bad at implementing public projects

Research around the world shows a consistent pattern of failures in public sector policy and project implementation. Yet we continue to embark upon implementation built on bias and faulty logic.
A cake made to farewell the last tenant to leave the Sirius building, which was built in Sydney at a time when governments saw the need to invest directly in public housing. Ben Rushton/AAP

Is social housing essential infrastructure? How we think about it does matter

If we recognised social housing as infrastructure as essential as transport links, schools and hospitals, not properly investing in it could become unthinkable.
The plan will be backed by the April 2 budget and other announcements. in coming months, Morrison says. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Morrison commits to 1.25 million new jobs over five years

In a major economic address in Brisbane on Tuesday, Morrison will point out that at the coming election only half of those of voting age will have been through a recession in their working lives.
Charging six cars at once is fine. Charging 60 million might be a bit tougher. Nadya Kubik/Shutterstock.com

Switching to electric vehicles could save the US billions, but timing is everything

Ensuring that everyone doesn't charge their cars simultaneously will make a big difference.
Transport promises stretching as far as the eye can see: Victorian Labor’s big one is a $A50 billion suburban rail loop. Penny Stephens/AAP

How much will voters pay for an early Christmas? Eight charts that explain Victoria’s transport election

Whichever party wins, Victoria's new government will have promised the biggest transport infrastructure project in Australian history. So what are the promises and are they backed by proper assessment?
Feeling forgotten: Iowa’s rural communities. REUTERS/Jim Young

Left behind: The midterm view from Iowa

In Iowa, almost 40 percent of residents can't afford the basic cost of living. That was the setting for the 2018 midterm elections, where rural voters are suffering along with their communities.

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