The business of metropolitan planning is not the natural game of state governments. The Victorian government tries but cannot manage metropolitan Melbourne.
Once again, the state looks intent on pressing ahead with a huge road project without releasing a business case. Among the many concerns is the failure to look at lower-emission alternatives.
If we want to conserve ecosystems that escaped European exploitation and mismanagement, we must start listening to environmental histories to compliment scientific research.
The rise of global cities, metropolises that dominate their states, is exposing Australia's lack of metropolitan governments. It's time to restart the evolution of our states after a century on hold.
The neighbourhoods of Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam with densities 3-5 times those of Melbourne and Sydney offer an insight into how we could transform our cities for the better.
Millions of Australians are struggling with unaffordable housing. It’s a systemic problem that’s been decades in the making, and only concerted system-wide reforms will fix it.
I saw the performance the first day the smoke was clearing. We need connection to find a way forward; I found it in the theatre.
New South Wales boasts many wonderful ocean pools, thanks to a combination of climate, geology, culture and prosperity. Despite concerns about costs, economic and health benefits far outweigh these.
With smoke haze this week at its most hazardous level yet, people on Australia's east coast have been taking precautions to protect their health. But some methods are more effective than others.
Public protests eventually forced the scrapping of some proposed freeways in 1973. Today, we have another round of projects and people are protesting again, with good reason. Government should listen.
Australia's capital cities have collectively lost 30% of their stored water over the last six years. But this loss is not evenly distributed across the country.
The collection and analysis of data used for making policy should be independent and open to ensure public trust in decision-making. The debate over alcohol licensing shows why this matters.
Sydney's historic buildings are facing increasing threats from developers. But we're not just losing public ownership of our history – we're losing our cultural spaces, too.
A coordinated mix of policies does more to keep housing affordable for a significant proportion of a city's residents than the unbalanced approach we see in Sydney.
In an often-muted bush landscape, the deep crimson of the waratah stands out like a shout.
Though the Indigenous inhabitants were using white clay long before them, Sydney-made pottery helped colonists maintain different aspects of 'civilised' behaviour.
The performance of Melbourne and Sydney on this international platform speaks volumes for the position of the country as a study destination.
While politicians ignore calls to raise Newstart, alarming levels of financial stress among private renters, particularly in low-rent outer suburbs, show why current welfare payments are too low.
The inner cities of Australia's major state capitals are failing to meet the needs of families in terms of space, amenities and affordability.
Sydney has joined more than 600 local governments around the world – as well as the national governments of the UK and Canada – in putting the climate crisis at the heart of all policy decisions.