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Time to take stock of Australia’s fuel security

The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 May 2018
As the world’s eighth largest energy producer, Australia’s fuel supplies have proved to be remarkably reliable and resilient over the last four decades. The last significant disruption was in the 1970s with the OPEC oil crisis. But since then, much has changed both domestically and internationally, requiring a reassessment of Australia’s liquid fuel security. Liquid fuel includes petrol, diesel and jet fuel and accounts for 37% of Australia’s energy use and 98% of our transport needs.

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Jaguar warns Australia it trailing badly on electric vehicles

REnew Economy, 3 May 2018
British car maker Jaguar Land Rover has called on the Australian government to “do its bit” in driving electric vehicle uptake, or risk putting the nation even further behind the global pace, while also missing a major economic and environmental opportunity. “As one of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, Jaguar Land Rover is calling on Australian government to provide a unified and clear road ahead for the industry to follow,” the company said in a statement on Thursday.
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Dockless share bikes are the frontline of a battle between Chinese tech giants

Australian Financial Review, 27 April 2018
On April 4, 2018, when news broke that a man had dumped a bicycle on lane one of the Sydney Harbour Bridge before scaling the superstructure and causing traffic chaos, the first thought in many a Sydneysider’s mind was: “I bet it was a share bike.” It turned out it wasn’t. But those water-cooler conversations spoke volumes about the city’s troubled relationship with dockless bikes.
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Melbourne Airport is going to be as busy as Heathrow, so why the argument about one train line?

The Conversation, 24 April 2018
Public discussion of rail links to airports has been narrowly focused on the idea of a single line and where to run it. In Melbourne, the politics of this debate has so far prevented a railway from being built, because it is not possible for one line to meet all of the landside access needs of the airport. The issue of rail access for a new western Sydney airport has also not been resolved.
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AEMO has just doubled its forecast for EV uptake in Australia

ReNew Economy, 19 April 2018
The Australian Energy market Operator has effectively doubled its forecast uptake for electric vehicles in Australia, suggesting that within two decades they could account of more than half of Australia’s car fleet.
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A closer look at business cases raises questions about ‘priority’ national infrastructure projects

The Conversation, 19 April 2018
Infrastructure Australia’s latest infrastructure priority list has been criticised for being “too Sydney-centric” and for giving Melbourne’s East West Link, cancelled in 2014, “high priority” status. The cancelled Roe 8 project in Perth was removed from the list. So how does a project get onto Infrastructure Australia’s list? This requires submission of a full business case, which then needs to be “positively assessed” to be given priority status.
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Cycling receives just 1% of total road funding

The Feed, SBA, 13 April 2018
New research has found that cycling and walking receive a tiny fraction of overall transport infrastructure funding in Australia. Researchers believe this is “unacceptable in a wealthy OECD country”.
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All ACT government vehicles to be electric by 2021

Canberra Times, 16 April 2018
The ACT government will today announce a suite of measures to encourage Canberra’s drivers to move to electric vehicles, as part of the plan to make the territory emissions neutral by 2050. Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Shane Rattenbury and Transport and City Services Minister Meegan Fitzharris will launch the government’s “Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles Action Plan,” which covers both electric cars and electric bikes.

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Melbourne Airport train link: Malcolm Turnbull pledges $5 billion for long-awaited rail line to CBD

ABC News, 11 April 2018
The Prime Minister has pledged up to $5 billion to help build the long-awaited rail link from Melbourne Airport to the CBD. A Melbourne Airport train line has been debated and planned for decades, but Malcolm Turnbull has declared his funding promise will ensure it becomes a reality.
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Restrictions on privatised ports adding to Sydney’s gridlock: Deloitte report

Sydney Morning Herald, 11 April 2018
Hundreds of thousands of trucks could be shifted from Sydney’s roads by a new container terminal at Newcastle, but secret restrictions introduced during the privatisation of NSW ports are preventing its development. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is now investigating the restrictions, which were introduced when Port Botany and the Port of Newcastle were being privatised.
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