Customer stewardship is an opportunity for infrastructure investors, owners, operators and policymakers to expand their toolkit of solutions for the nation’s problems from a pretty obvious starting place, the customer.
Plans in Australia to fund even more infrastructure off-budget simply crowds out much needed and much more efficient private capital
President Trump’s infrastructure plan last week is pitched in the language of the can do. Not only does it aim to unleash over a trillion dollars of investment, it promises a major project bonanza that will have Prime Minster Turnbull’s business delegation salivating at the prospect of getting a cut of ‘Making America Great Again’.Continue reading “Playing the long game with US infrastructure*”
Project risk abounds
Politicians are feverishly driving quick fixes for an ailing energy sector. But heavy-handed government interventions risk more road kill, of an endangered species called market led microeconomic reform. Energy markets in Australia have devolved into a sandpit for political adventurism rather than bringing together customers and efficient suppliers. An unpalatable energy status quo is nowContinue reading “Energy sector can expect an Uber and Kodak moment all in one*”
Garry Bowditch* Superannuation and infrastructure have a lot in common, and so they should: they represent two sides of the same coin. Superannuation plays an important role in intermediating national savings for financing and funding infrastructure. But the public policy settings that enable this to happen must be soundly based. As has been widely reported,Continue reading “Super Lessons for Infrastructure”
President elect Trump has promoted a big infrastructure program to revitalise the American economy. So, Australia and the US have a lot in common for now. Unlike Australia, the US has been a miserly spender when it comes to public infrastructure. As a result rusty and decaying infrastructure is on display across US cities andContinue reading “Infrastructure makes Trumps*”
Australia must remember it extraordinary infrastructure successes of the recent past, and allow that to shape the future of its infrastructure policy and investment decisions.
Australia and the world need a mind-shift when it comes to infrastructure. It about services first, not just building assets.
The Federal government’s willingness to debate the Harper Review recommendation to introduce cost reflective road pricing is an opportunity to move a difficult issue forward; provided it recognises the root and extent of the problem its seeks to fix. The roads sector has had a carte blanche operational model for the best part of twoContinue reading “Road Reform: Australia’s Last Frontier*”