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The alternative to Uber's surge pricing isn't fair either

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 5th January, 2016

On the morning of New Year's Eve, the ridesharing company Uber sent its customers an email warning of increased prices particularly between 12:30am...

Victoria's transport policies ruled by the heart, not the head

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Age 17th November, 2014

Possibly the most economically irrational and counterproductive policy of this state election was offered by Labor this week. You won't be...

Roads the way to go but a clear run faces speed bumps

| Alan Moran
Herald Sun 9th August, 2013

Transport arteries define how efficiently goods and people move in major cities. Rail was critical to the growth of great cities like Melbourne,...

Taxi changes put Victoria back at front of state reform pack

Deregulation Unit | Richard Allsop
On Line Opinion 13th June, 2013

The Victorian Government's recently announced taxi reforms are an encouraging sign that Australian state governments can still initiate significant...

Insane obsession: Australia's auto industry waste

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 28th May, 2013

In his foreword to the 2008 A New Car Plan for a Greener Future, Kevin Rudd observed that half a century had lapsed between the first demonstration...

Taxi reform may put passengers in the driver's seat

| Richard Allsop
The Australian 27th August, 2012

In the very near future, the Baillieu government in Victoria will have the opportunity to deliver a reform of national significance. It will soon...

Deregulation can save the taxi industry from itself

Economics & Deregulation and Governance & Service Provision | Chris Berg
The Sunday Age 3rd April, 2011

The regulation of Melbourne's taxi industry was a mess from the beginning. Taxis were new, smart and efficient when they were introduced in 1908,...

O'Farrell has to get on board with trains

| Richard Allsop
Online Opinion 25th March, 2011

If there is one statistic which sums up the malaise that has gripped NSW in recent years, it is the patronage on the Sydney public transport...

Infrastructure Australia has been all but derailed

Governance & Service Provision | Richard Allsop
The Australian 22nd February, 2011

The Gillard government's confirmation that it will contribute $2.1 billion to building the Epping-Parramatta railway line in suburban Sydney will...

Single authority no panacea for Victorian public transport

Governance & Service Provision | Richard Allsop
The Drum Unleashed 17th November, 2010

Despite scarcely rating a mention in the leaders' debate, public transport is clearly a crucial issue in this month's Victorian election. It might...