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Friday, 10 June 2016 00:00

Tragic events at Hornsby Mall

Yesterday's tragic events at Hornsby Mall are shocking and saddening.

It is particularly sad that innocent bystanders were injured.

How does Bill Shorten know that investing $500 million in the AdeLINK light rail project is a good use of taxpayers’ money?

It may not be immediately obvious from the job title “Minister for Major Projects”, but one task that falls to me is overseeing the federal government’s role in regulating the design of motor vehicles in Australia.

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics looked at this question in a 2012 paper, which had some very interesting findings.

Labor’s Anthony Albanese regularly claims that infrastructure spending is dropping.  In a recent speech, for example, he said ABS figures showed that public sector infrastructure investment in the September quarter of 2015 was 20 per cent lower than the September quarter of 2013 when Labor was in power.[1]

Monday, 14 December 2015 16:07

Improving the financial literacy of Australians

Some of the most important decisions we make in life concern our personal finances. 

Monday, 07 December 2015 16:00

Intelligent Transport Systems

Since becoming Minister for Major Projects in September, I have been fascinated to see the way that technology is transforming the transport sector.  With my background in the communications sector, I’m certainly familiar with the extraordinary rate of change in telecommunications, broadcasting and the internet; but I have been struck by the way that the same trends are playing out in transport.

Most of us have had the frustrating experience of sitting in traffic, with cars barely moving.  Sometimes it is highly predictable – for example at peak hour.  Other times it happens without warning –and a trip takes much longer than usual. 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00

What is the economic importance of public transport?

What do we know about the economic importance of public transport?

A recent discussion paper from the Tourism and Transport Forum and PWC, Better Public Transport, Better Productivity: The Economic Return on Public Transport Investment, offers some useful data.

This week has been my first sitting week of Parliament as a Minister.  For the last two years I’ve been a Parliamentary Secretary, where you get to do some – but not all - of the things a Minister does. 

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