Transport promises stretching as far as the eye can see: Victorian Labor’s big one is a $A50 billion suburban rail loop.
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?
Scandals, and a progressive Labor government, may hinder the Greens’ progress in both houses at the Victorian election.
The Victorian state election presents opportunities and risks for the Greens – including whether they can transition from being a protest party to a major party.
Another election, another infrastructure promise – in the Andrews government’s case, a $50 billion suburban rail loop.
In the election bidding wars, parties commit billions to transport projects, often before all the work needed to justify these has been done. More cost-effective alternatives hardly get a look-in.
It took six months for Malcolm Turnbull to receive his first negative Newspoll net approval as PM; it has taken Scott Morrison just two months.
In the aftermath of the Wentworth byelection, the Coalition government has suffered another set-back in the polls.
The East-West Link is only one example of myriad infrastructure projects that have caused community controversy.
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We need to consider why transport infrastructure is so controversial, and how politicians can ensure they have the public's trust when making announcements for all transport projects.
Polls indicate a swing back in favour of the Andrews government in the lead-up to the November state election.
The polls seem to be swinging back in favour of the Andrews Labor government in Victoria, while in New South Wales it's neck-and-neck.