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  • Changing motor vehicle and fuel standards

    Posted 10/10/2014 by Matthew L James
    European Fiat model not available in Australia

    Motor vehicle specifications in Australia are being reviewed, and a private senator’s bill about improving fuel emissions has  been tabled.. These developments raise the question of the vehicle standards used in Australia. Can we do better? Can we also make our fuel go further?

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    TAGS: transport, standards

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  • Is Adelaide Airport's Curfew carefree?

    Posted 20/02/2014 by Matthew L James
    Residents in South Australia’s capital do not like to be disturbed by the early arrival of jet airliners, at least judging by the introduction of a recent private member’s bill by one of their Senators. On 12 February 2014, Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright introduced the Adelaide Airport Curfew Amendment (Protecting Residents’ Amenity) Bill 2014 to prevent international flights landing between 5 and 6 a.m. This is in response to an announcement by the federal Minister fo... Read more...

    TAGS: Aviation, transport

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  • High Speed Rail for Australia - a fast track to the future or just the same old pipe dream?

    Posted 28/01/2014 by Moira Coombs
    High Speed Rail (HSR) has been talked about for many years in Australia but has never progressed beyond the study and report stage. However, on 9 December 2013, the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, introduced a private member’s bill — the High Speed Rail Planning Authority Bill 2013. The Bill proposes setting up a High Speed Rail Planning Authority which, as the second reading speech notes, is designed to provide critical ‘long-term Commonweal... Read more...

    TAGS: transport

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  • Of Airports and High Speed Trains

    Posted 11/04/2013 by Matthew James
    Shanghai Maglev Train 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
    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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  • A Titanic Task: Reviewing Maritime Safety

    Posted 13/01/2012 by Matthew James
    In this 100th remembrance year of the infamous sinking of the passenger ocean liner RMS Titanic comes a review of Australia’s century-old maritime safety legislation, the Navigation Act 1912. Also proposed now is the creation of a new national, sea safety regulator, an important agency considering the recent local ship losses which remind us of the continuing importance of safe operations at sea. The loss of the cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Italian coast, while carrying Australian passeng... Read more...

    TAGS: maritime, sea farers, 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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