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  • Immigration: We can choose our skills, but we can't choose our family

    Posted 13/11/2013 by Gareth Larsen
    Picture source: DIBP
    Whilst boat arrivals, asylum seekers, skilled permanent and temporary programs and even students have kept immigration featured in our politics and newspapers, family migration receives little share of public debate. This is intriguing as family migration is a bigger part of permanent migration than official planning levels would lead us to believe. Migration Program planning levels fluctuate according to the political, social and economic imperatives of the government of the day. In the mid-197... Read more...

    TAGS: family assistance, immigration, planning, skilled migration

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  • Of Airports and High Speed Trains

    Posted 11/04/2013 by Matthew James
    The discussion of a High Speed Train (HST) along the east coast of Australia has rumbled on for decades. But now it's running into the Sydney airport issue. The government has recently released a study into the feasibility of a HST system and is completing another report about a location for a second Sydney Airport (SSA). The Australian Greens argued in late 2012 that a new report, commissioned by Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt, outlined a strong economic case for High Speed Rail (HSR) and rem... Read more...

    TAGS: planning, railways, transport

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  • Motorways for the masses

    Posted 5/03/2013 by Matthew James
    Image source: author's own
    With the approach of a Federal Election, ambitious metropolitan road projects are in the spotlight. Both major parties are offering federal funding to address worsening urban congestion issues as Australia’s cities continue to grow. The Liberal National Party coalition has promised to support the construction/upgrade of three metropolitan limited access roads to connect to existing motorways in our largest cities. And the Prime Minister has announced further funding support for the WestConnex pr... Read more...

    TAGS: planning, roads, transport

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  • National Ports Strategy and planning

    Posted 30/01/2011 by Matthew James
    On 7 January 2011, the Government released its new National Ports Strategy. The strategy proposes to clear freight bottlenecks and ensure urban development does not stall the ability to expand port facilities, through the implementation of planning buffer zones around ports along with streamlined environmental approval processes.Infrastructure Australia and the National Transport Commission released a draft of a Proposed National Ports Strategy on 6 May 2010. The work was undertaken in response ... Read more...

    TAGS: maritime, planning, transport

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