A 21st century public transport system for Melbourne will require action beyond incremental service improvements or fragmented pieces of infrastructure. Public transport networks, not roads, must define city-shaping agendas, argue John Stone and Jan Scheurer. Image: Fairfax

Because Canberra holds the "pot of money", it calls the tune on big ticket infrastructure spending. It's time metropolitan constituencies like Melbourne gained recognition and power to define their own futures, argues Richard Tomlinson

When big infrastructure projects are scrutinised, prioritised and chosen on merit, future generations won't curse us for the cost, argues John Freebairn. Image: Dandenong Road tram track construction.

 

The majority of Victorians support same-sex adoption, more TAFE funding, and the right to wear the burqa. They also want the East West Link built, Vote Compass results show.

With studies showing that increased police patrols have no effect on serious crime rates, and that the poor are unfairly targeted for minor forms of “anti-social behavior”, the role of PSOs must be questioned, writes Dave McDonald