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Interest from international investors looking to take over Asciano, operator of rail company Pacific National, shows that the sector is still seen as a steady market. JULIAN SMITH/AAP

Transport outlook: larger companies will survive global economic downturn and slowdown in mining

International investors competing for a stake and the Federal Government's positive outlook for mining are both good signs for the largest companies in the transport sector.
While there may be bad congestion in parts of Australia’s cities now, data suggest that car use has peaked. Scott Davies/Flickr

Don’t panic! Traffic congestion is not coming for our cities

There is a new fear on the block ... traffic congestion. But do we have to accept that congestion trends will overwhelm us? Is it really right to fear congestion?
Both the Labor and Liberals see infrastructure as a crucial economic driver; but Chinese investment in this area has been politicised. AAP

Infrastructure prime minister must face Chinese elephant in room

Tony Abbott wants to be known as the infrastructure prime minister. He could be remembered for building roads and scrapping high-speed rail. But the role of Chinese finance and technical expertise in infrastructure…

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