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The PM has ruled out “bans and taxes” that would force people to buy cars they don’t want or can least afford.

How to drive a real transition to electric cars

That road user charges for electric cars are vehemently opposed by the EV lobby shows that it’s not just the Prime Minister who doesn’t get how market mechanisms can be best for the climate.

  • The AFR View
Committee for Sydney chief executive Gabriel Metcalf said housing affordability was the city’s biggest problem.

House prices are Sydney’s ‘biggest problem’

High house prices in Sydney are a sign of demand, but it’s created a problem that has a flow-on effect for the whole city.

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  • Mark Ludlow
Government Minister Jacinta  Allan provides a COVID-19 update  on Monday.

Tunnel saga lessons will be applied to motorway project

Transport minister Jacinta Allan says Melbourne’s troubled $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel has taught the government valuable lessons.

  • Jenny Wiggins

Build electric vehicle chargers on new motorways: Labor

Opposition infrastructure spokeswoman Catherine King says the Coalition’s electric vehicle policy is ‘embarrassing’.

  • Jenny Wiggins and Mark Ludlow

Employers can’t rely on border reopening to solve skill shortages

Overseas skilled workers are less likely to make the trip to Australia because they fear getting marooned by COVID-19 restrictions.

  • David Marin-Guzman

November 2021

Urban Infrastructure and Cities Minister Paul Fletcher said the new Western Sydney Airport could attract new budget airlines.

Labor promises review of ‘sidelined’ Infrastructure Australia

A future Albanese Labor government would review Infrastructure Australia and establish a High-speed Rail Authority to look at a fast train linking cities on the east coast.

  • Mark Ludlow
Virgin Australia chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka.

Summit shows the appetite for Australia’s infrastructure

The next chapter for Australia in the global M&A boom sparked by the pandemic was the focus of attention at The Australian Financial Review Infrastructure Summit 2021 on Monday.

  • The AFR View

Big super looks for the next assets to take private

Telecom towers, data centres, electric vehicle chargers and water assets are on the lists as funds prepare billions of dollars of infrastructure acquisitions.

  • Jenny Wiggins and Mark Ludlow
Virgin Australia chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka has a novel idea of fixing  skills shortages.

Give 1.6m temporary visa holders citizenship: Virgin boss

Australia’s skills shortage is not going away, even as state and international borders open up.

  • Jenny Wiggins and Mark Ludlow
Michelle Price, AustCyber CEO, on Monday.

‘Rich’ Australia vulnerable to cyber attacks

For every one cybercrime incident reported to authorities, at least nine more go unreported, a security expert says.

  • Michael Bleby
Matina Papathanasiou, founding partner of Global Infrastructure QIC, and Nik Kemp, head of Infrastructure at AustralianSuper, at the summit.

Nothing left to buy: Why the infrastructure takeover boom will ease

Australia’s infrastructure takeover boom may have run its course, with few assets left to change hands after a frantic year of deal making.

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  • Michael Read
International travel is predicted to take several years to recover back to pre-pandemic strength.

Domestic travel to rebound to ‘former glory’ next year: airport boss

Lingering worries about potentially being stranded or paying high medical bills will keep a lid on overseas travel.

  • Simon Evans

‘Wasn’t my best couple of days’: Jayne Hrdlicka reflects

The much-criticised Virgin Australia CEO suggests she was a catalyst to get Australians thinking about ending lockdowns.

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  • Aaron Patrick
Former NSW transport minister Andrew Constance at The Australian Financial Review Infrastructure Summit.

Asset recycling incentives should be reinstated: Constance

Former NSW transport minister says broader federation reform is needed to boost new builds, and infrastructure planning for the next decade needs to begin now.

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  • Finbar O'Mallon
Financial Review Infrastructure Summit 2021 Jane Hunter, CEO, Tritium Monday 8th November 2021 AFR photo Louie Douvis .

‘Kodak moment’ for petrol stations as electric vehicle prices fall

Fuel retailers will soon face their own “Kodak moment”, with experts forecasting electric vehicles will be cheaper than petrol cars as early as 2025.

  • Michael Read
Budget airline selling flights to Europe for $310

Rush of new budget airlines expected for Western Sydney Airport

Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher said the $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport should encourage more competition in the aviation sector.

  • Mark Ludlow
Paul Broad predicts cities will change dramatically.

‘The middle of Sydney will become apartments’

Paul Broad and Scott Charlton have very different views on how our cities will look after the pandemic. But there’s no doubt infrastructure planning needs to reflect new priorities. 

  • James Thomson
Transurban CEO Scott Charlton.

CEOs want open borders, more migration

Business leaders insist a faster reopening of state borders and a ramping up of skilled migration are needed to ensure the nation’s $200 billion-plus infrastructure project pipeline can be delivered.

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  • Jenny Wiggins and James Thomson
President Joe Biden says Americans wanted the bipartisan infrastructure bill approved quickly.

$US1.2trn Biden bounce for US economy

America is set for a strong return from almost two years of pandemic disruption – and $US1.2 trillion in infrastructure spending is the latest fiscal impetus.

  • Matthew Cranston and Vesna Poljak
Dangerous crossroads: the federal government has doubled down on legislative initiatives to lift the country’s cyber preparedness and capabilities.

Cyber hazards are redefining threats to critical infrastructure

The government is expecting businesses across many more sectors to enhance digital security to protect an increasingly data-driven economy.

  • Theo Psychogios and Ian Blatchford

October 2020

Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack says people will have more choice of working out of either cities or regional towns in future.

'High rise office towers will always be full': McCormack

The Infrastucture Minister says people will split their time between big cities and smaller towns in future.

  • Jenny Wiggins, Mark Ludlow, Andrew Tillett and Simon Evans
Water treatment and chemicals business Ixom is about to make its first US acquisition.

State-owned utilities to tap into salt and waste water

Climate change shaping infrastructure investment plans for big water providers.

  • Brad Thompson
The summer's devastating bushfires have been seen by some as a tipping point for businesses and their boards.

Telcos urged to share data to prepare for fire risk

Resilience NSW head Shane Fitzsimmons has called on telecommunications firms to share more data to help prepare for natural disasters.

  • James Fernyhough
ACCC chairman Rod Sims said infrastructure assets should only be privatised to increase efficiency and so reduce costs.

Don't treat NBN as a cash cow: Sims

The ACCC chairman has urged the federal government to prioritise the value of the NBN to consumers over its sale price, calling the investment a 'sunk cost'.

  • James Fernyhough
Alison Mirams, CEO of Roberts Pizzarotti at The Australian Financial Review National Infrastructure Summit

'Moral obligation': Construction sector's pitch to women

Construction industry leaders are united on the need for the sector to better support women following the federal budget.

  • Miranda Ward