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Ontarians got a taste of privatization in the 1990s, when the Conservative government of Mike Harris handed over the lucrative Highway 407 toll road in a 99-year lease for a fraction of its value.

Financiers are now controlling public works, much to the public’s confusion

Canadian governments aren't completely selling off major public works, but their embrace of public-private "partnerships" is giving private financiers control of major infrastructure projects.
A resident of New York City Housing Authority’s Chelsea-Elliot Houses. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

America’s public housing crisis may worsen with Trump budget

Since the 1990s, the supply of deeply subsidized housing has decreased as the US population and need for housing have increased. Trump's proposed cuts to HUD won't help.
An artist’s impression of the new river crossing to be built as part of the West Gate Tunnel project. Western Distributor Authority

Impending traffic chaos? Beware the problematic West Gate Tunnel forecasts

Melbourne's proposed road project relies on assumptions that inflate estimates of the traffic the new link will carry – but other choices about the future of transport are open to us.
The sun rises behind the remains of a New Jersey roller coaster destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. AP Photo/Mel Evans

New data set explores 90 years of natural disasters in the US

As the rich move away from disaster-prone areas, the poor may be left behind.
A worker walks near the Congolese state mining company Gecamines’ in the southern province of Katanga. REUTERS/Jonny Hogg

The DRC is revisiting its mining code. Why reform is long overdue

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has scheduled its 15-year-old mining code for review. The country must ensure reform that benefits its people.
Ella Russell, a second grade student at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, works on an e-book during class. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Textbooks in the digital world

Textbooks were once a major piece of educational infrastructure. But as digital content expands, a new kind of 'textbook' is improving the quality of K-12 instruction.
Some Americans have fast internet, but many still lag behind – especially in rural areas. BlueRingMedia via shutterstock.com

Will Trump and the FCC heal or worsen America’s digital divide?

The Trump administration's proposed budget suggests it will continue to spend federal dollars on expanding broadband internet access. But the rules governing internet traffic matter too.
The national broadband network promised by the incoming Rudd government was politicised from the start. Lukas Coch/AAP

The NBN: how a national infrastructure dream fell short

The highly politicised nature of the NBN has led to a lack of transparency that makes it even harder to fix the mess that has been made of this vital national infrastructure.
The government is creating a new agency to finance infrastructure, like a bond aggregator to fund public housing. Dean Lewins/AAP

Fancy government financing could still cost the taxpayer

The federal government keeps coming up with new ways to finance infrastructure, but it isn't clear they will shift the cost or risk away from government.
The public and finance sectors – but not the government, it seems – are questioning the wisdom of investing in infrastructure for projects like the Adani coal mine. Lukas Coch/AAP

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

If infrastructure is to meet the needs and challenges of an uncertain future, we need to move beyond the AAA ratings mindset and aim for net-positive social and ecological outcomes as well.
Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas announced a raft of spend measures in the latest budget. Julian Smith/AAP

Victorian budget splash raises questions about privatisation

The Victorian budget brought with it an increase in privatisation, which follows on from other state budgets, but the evidence for efficiency in this type of system isn't there.
With high capital costs linked to petroleum and gas infrastructure, collection of PRRT funds for regional development may be delayed for several years. Phil Noble/Reuters

Government’s oil and gas tax response will leave regional communities at a loss

Local communities are likely to be dissatisfied with the report from the PRRT review because its recommendations only apply to future projects and won't herald any changes in the budget.

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