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This site brings together a collection of my writings and media comments over the past decade as an analyst, academic and commentator on issues and developments relating to infrastructure specifically and public policy, governance and the impact of long term investment on both people and the planet.

I use the term infrastructure to mean those public assets and services that make your modern life possible, transport (roads, rail, maritime and air), utilities (electric, water, gas and telecommunications) and social facilities (like schools, hospitals, sports and recreational services).

For all these things to be done well is no easy task. Nevertheless, most people and businesses are focused and energised to run their own race – investing, taking risks, raising their children, and leaning into their passions. They expect the towns, cities and nations they live and work in to do their job without worrying about the detail; they just expect the infrastructure to work.

There is an enormous trust placed on those responsible for the provision of infrastructure. My work is about retaining that trust because I believe the viability and liveability of our societies depend on it. Thus, it may come as no surprise that my research and advocacy confirms what many regular citizens have known for a long time; there is enormous room for improvement and no time to waste.

It is a great pleasure to welcome you.

Happy 90th to an Aussie Icon – Sydney Harbour Bridge

A version of this article was published online in the Australian Financial Review on 19-20 March 2022. As Sydneysiders celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (SHB) this weekend, we do so with gratitude for the fantastic benefits of our ‘coat hanger’ in Sydney and Australia. However, let’s also reflect on what we need…

ESG Complacency no longer cuts it

By Garry Bowditch* A version of this opinion piece appeared in the Australian Financial Review on Wednesday, 16 March 2022 Over a decade ago, the world that birthed the ESG juggernaut had not fundamentally changed from today. Instead, high-level principles and manifestos helped build a wall of money, a platform for announcing good intentions, but real change…

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