In most cases though, the environment isn't the main winner from big transport projects; even ones aimed at public transport users.
According to the latest ABS statistics the average super account balance in 2011-12 for women was $44,866 compared to $82,615 for men.
Developers are a much maligned breed but without them, nothing much happens.
A holding charge on land would reduce the number of vacant houses and boost supply overnight.
It's almost remarkable that the Federal Government has resisted entering the debate about housing when the topic is so nationally contentious.
By mid-2015 the NBN will have cost taxpayers more than $12 billion, while only 12 percent of premises will be connected.
Unfortunately, political considerations get in the way. The politicians want headline-grabbing, vote-catching projects they can announce now, and never mind the details, or the cost-benefit analysis.
Many analyses simply look at the relative or absolute change in dwelling stock, which is pointless without first considering changes in population.
Surely housing prices and rentals should not be partly determined by overseas residents seeking capital gain at the expense of Australian citizens?
Progressives concerned about social justice should embrace the idea that the best way of improving the mobility of low income outer suburban residents is by increasing their incomes.
If, for example, as an industry we wanted lower stamp duties and land taxes and in exchange were prepared to publicly campaign for a 15% GST.
Are the property holdings of our federal politicians negatively influencing policy and causing them to ignore evidence?