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The NSW Baird government is relying on asset sales to fund infrastructure, but all state governments have a revenue problem. The NSW Baird government is relying on asset sales to fund infrastructure, but all state governments have a revenue problem. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

New federalism promise recedes on falling wave of state asset sales

The fiscal relationship between the Commonwealth and the states in Australia’s federal system is unsustainable in the long term. That statement has been difficult to deny ever since the 1940s, when Canberra…
Languishing: the Newleaf housing project in south west Sydney shows the pitfalls of the NSW government’s love affair with public private partnerships. Languishing: the Newleaf housing project in south west Sydney shows the pitfalls of the NSW government’s love affair with public private partnerships. Author

Funding the future after the demise of PPPs

With the Coalition government abolishing the Major Cities Unit and the NSW planning system in disarray, last week’s International Society of City and Regional Planners congress, ‘Frontiers of Planning…
Criticisms of secrecy around infrastructure tendering fail to properly acknowledge the realities of costing and managing major projects. Criticisms of secrecy around infrastructure tendering fail to properly acknowledge the realities of costing and managing major projects.

All in the delivery: is there really a problem with how Victorians pay for infrastructure?

One of the initiatives in the Victorian government’s economic statement released late last year was a decision to change the arrangements for announcing the cost of major infrastructure projects. Until…
The troubled BrisConnections again brings the role of PPPs into the spotlight. The troubled BrisConnections again brings the role of PPPs into the spotlight.

Spotlight back on PPPs as BrisConnections falters

News that BrisConnections, which operate Brisbane’s Airport Link M7, has suspended trade on the ASX as it continues to talk with its debtors is likely to again lead to a debate about the role of Public-Private-Partnerships…
NBN Co’s $1.4 billion over-run is the latest public infrastructure project blow-out - we need to scrutinise government tendering and contracting processes much more carefully. NBN Co’s $1.4 billion over-run is the latest public infrastructure project blow-out - we need to scrutinise government tendering and contracting processes much more carefully.

Lift the veil of corporate secrecy on public projects and save the taxpayer

The $1.4 billion cost blowout reported by the NBN Co last week has focused attention once again on the seemingly regular occurrence of large government infrastructure projects being delivered late and…
Sydney’s Cross City Tunnel is on the brink of bankruptcy for the second time. Sydney’s Cross City Tunnel is on the brink of bankruptcy for the second time. AAP

Mind your PPPs: how to avoid the pitfalls of the public-private partnership model

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been in the spotlight recently, but seemingly, for all the wrong reasons. The NSW government, which has a particularly chequered history with PPPs, announced this…