Fast money for infrastructure

Governments around the world are turning to infrastructure as a way of stimulating economies that have been impacted by COVID. Australia is no exception in this regard and here are some of my remarks that were featured in the Australian press this week.

Re-establishing Australia’s Global Infrastructure Leadership

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.

A Successful Infrastructure Australia should spell its demise*

Australia and the world need a mind-shift when it comes to infrastructure. It about services first, not just building assets.

Infrastructure Australia Audit: first ‘listen’ to the people

Infrastructure Australia is under new management, and it shows in its first national audit report released today. Demographics, land use and infrastructure are all bundled together in the Audit, and its not a minute too soon. The mega trends in demographics and land use are the big drivers of infrastructure demand and recognition of ‘integrated infrastructure planning’Continue reading “Infrastructure Australia Audit: first ‘listen’ to the people”

Another budget of ‘reverse philanthropy’

Australia brought down its Federal budget tonight. Sure the Prime Minister was right, it had ‘no surprises’ and the flip side is ‘no aspiration’ either. While Europe and US have had an appetite for public debt for a prolonged period of time, and have enjoyed the favour of the capital markets, Australia should not bank on theContinue reading “Another budget of ‘reverse philanthropy’”