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Three big firms win almost all the $1 billion-plus contracts. And they often team up in joint ventures, further reducing the competition that would keep the price tags of road and rail projects down.
The government appears willing to roll over the contract with the operator of a third of Melbourne’s buses despite poor performance.
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No matter whether competitive tendering or negotiation is used, operators that do not meet clear and transparent service benchmarks should be shown the door.
Sydney’s bus services are a mix of public and private-operated routes, which complicates any estimates of potential cost savings.
Estimated cost savings for rail and bus franchising from Infrastructure Australia and PwC will have government treasurers salivating. Problem is, the figures are almost certainly far too high.
Government shows offer relatively regular income with access to big crowds.
Music and politics have long been intertwined and political patronage can sometimes lead artists to self-censor. On the other hand, some musicians are just more interested in entertainment than politics.
Bribes are just one of many ways criminals can secure favours from procurement officials and politicians.
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New research suggests that more work needs to be done to stop criminals from subverting government procurement processes and using the spoils to fund crime and terrorism.
Criticisms of secrecy around infrastructure tendering fail to properly acknowledge the realities of costing and managing major projects.
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…