For many apartment projects, more than 80% or 90% of the stock is sold to investors, not to people with the intention of living there. This includes a significant proportion of first home buyers as investors.
We need a five-year moratorium on state-nominated migration as we're creating a burgeoning underclass of migrants - a 'precariat' of marginalised unemployed and under employed contract workers.
A quantitative example given in this article shows that road users collectively are paying very large sums of money through toll payments for which there is little or no return in travel time savings.
On special occasions (fireworks seem a big drawcard) they will come in droves but to suggest that continued investment in inner city recreational facilities benefits people who live 10 or 20 or 30 kilometres away, is stretching things.
A dystopian vision of a Melbourne ruined by towering 'slums of the future' is one of The Age's standard tropes
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.