03 Jul 2018

The future of the US–Australia alliance

Some have argued that the US–Australia alliance exists simply out of inertia or, worse yet, sentimentality. Shared sacrifice and longstanding habits of cooperation may play a role, but they’re not the basis upon which sovereign states determine their national interests. The value of the alliance is its preservation of something

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01 Jun 2018

‘Big Australia’ should be an opportunity rather than a threat, says IPA

Australia’s strong population growth – which could result in an extra 20 million residents by the 2050s – should be seen as an opportunity to build world-class infrastructure rather than as a threat, according to the peak infrastructure industry body. But with infrastructure in the three biggest cities, Sydney, Melbourne

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06 Apr 2018

Inland Rail PPP announced by ARTC for tricky Queensland track

The Australian Rail Track Corporation is advancing plans to deliver the Inland Rail in Queensland, announcing the appointment of a director to establish a public private partnership to build three key sections of the railway. ARTC appointed Tony Lubofsky to direct it through a public private partnership for construction of challenging sections of track

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19 Dec 2017

Plenary’s Netflow closes first deal; Melbourne roads PPP

WestConnex bidder Netflow has wrapped up its maiden Australian deal. Netflow, which is owned by Plenary Group and Spanish infrastructure developer Cintra, hit financial close on a $900 million-odd debt deal to help fund Victoria’s Western Roads Upgrade project on Tuesday. It’s understood Plenary raised almost two thirds of the

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31 Aug 2017

Cross River Rail to be delivered under public-private partnership

The tunnel, four new underground stations and other work associated with Cross River Rail will progress under a public-private partnership. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad made the announcement about the planned 10.2-kilometre rail link before addressing more than 600 industry members on Wednesday afternoon. But her media conference had only just

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11 Aug 2017

Public-private entities, investors must unite for best airport

There has been a recent flurry of activity by the commonwealth regarding the planned construction and operations for the proposed Western Sydney Airport. The federal budget committed up to $5.3 billion in equity over 10 years to the Western Sydney Airport Corporation. Stage 1 involves a single runway catering up

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23 Jun 2017

SA budget: $1.1bn to focus on boosting city service

Modernising Adelaide’s metropolitan hospitals is the centrepiece of a $1.1 billion pre-election budget package for health, which consumes half of this year’s record $2.2bn spending on infrastructure in South Australia. A spending commitment in the state budget of $918.5 million covers upgrades for big suburban hospitals, many in key marginal

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14 Jun 2017

Sydney’s super wealthy asked to donate $100m for gallery project

The Art Gallery of NSW’s Board of Trustees is expected to make a “considerable contribution” towards the $100 million required to complete the $344 million Sydney Modern Project, its deputy president Mark Nelson said on Wednesday. As much as $70 million had been promised already, says the state government, most

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25 Apr 2017

Spotless rebuffs Downer’s ‘hostile’ $1.26b bid

Cleaning and catering company Spotless, which counts the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and the MCG in its stable of clients, yesterday dismissed as “hostile” and “highly conditional” a $1.26 billion takeover bid by mining services group Downer EDI. Spotless said the $1.15 per share offer was opportunistic, timed to

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23 Feb 2017

Three teams line up in race for $1.4bn Melbourne roads programme

Three consortiums have been shortlisted to tender for a $1.4bn (A$1.8bn) contract to alleviate traffic congestion in eight roads in the western suburbs of Melbourne. The scheme, which is known as the Outer Suburban Arterial Roads (OSARs) programme, is being let as a public–private partnership overseen by the state’s VicRoads

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