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Will South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma support the commitments to reform the economy? REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

South Africa’s budget promises will require buckets of political capital

There are many good things about the budget, including the promised cut to the payroll, but many of the key commitments relating to how policies will support growth are, at best, pointers.
There are always tensions, and sometimes outright hostility, between urban planners, the public and private sector developers. AAP/Newzulu/Peter Boyle

An uneasy marriage: planners, public and the market struggle to work well together

Tensions are mounting between the professional practices of government planners, processes of public participation and the private sector's increasing role in shaping Australian cities.
Taxpayers are the ultimate losers when governments fail to manage expensive infrastructure projects. AAP/Joe Castro

East-West Link shows miserable failure of planning process

How many times do taxpayers have to go down the same road before governments seriously assess how expensive infrastructure decisions are made?
A global infrastructure shortfall looms - but governments need to carefully assess the merits of private capital. Flickr/Trey Ratcliff

Why Sydney’s global infrastructure hub should be wary of PPPs

While in Davos representing Australia at the World Economic Forum, Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has enthusiastically extolled the virtues of the Global Infrastructure Hub as a way of funding an…
Some US bridges are currently living out their twilight years. Bob Jagendorf

Here’s how to fix America’s crumbling bridges

There are about 600,000 bridges in the United States, and about one in four is classified as functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. This doesn’t mean they’re in danger of imminent collapse; they…
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The pitfalls of the G20 infrastructure agenda

Australia’s G20 infrastructure agenda aims to increase quality investment into global projects. The agenda advocates using the private sector to develop infrastructure in order to boost global growth and…
The private sector has driven GM research – but in whose interests? International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center/Flickr

How private funding influences GM research

In this fifth instalment of GM in Australia – a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops – Sky Croeser outlines how most GM research is profit-driven…
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…
Sydney’s Cross City Tunnel has gone into voluntary administration twice since it was opened, and the government has become embroiled in legal action to recover costs. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Political costs trash public-private infrastructure benefits

Last week’s Productivity Commission draft report on public infrastructure made a number of useful recommendations about getting projects assessed and delivered on time. But the report does not go far beyond…
New ways are needed to pay for infrastructure, according to the Productivity Commission. But our Asian neighbours are already at work. AAP/Dean Lewins

Government should front cash for long-term infrastructure

Elected with a pledge to be the infrastructure prime minister, Tony Abbott has repeatedly promised to bring more private investment into high-priority infrastructure projects. Last week’s Productivity…
The public versus private debate is oversimplified, and the situation is made worse by the hybrid nature of many so-called “public” organisations. Shutterstock

A privatisation message for the Commission of Audit

The Federal Government’s Commission of Audit reports at the end of this month. Tasked with identifying where efficiency and productivity improvements may be made across all areas of Commonwealth expenditure…
Fishes’ future rests in our hands. WorldFish

Putting seas up for sale will not save the world’s fish

The oceans cover almost three-quarters of the planet’s surface, and for many people they represent the last great wilderness. But in fact the seas support many human activities, and have done for millennia…

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