The Age says, ‘Government bewails the trials and travails of big-city living’

The Age has an article about Victoria’s current calls for more of the GST revenue. That these calls are based on claims that cities are expensive is interesting.

The argument [put forward by the Baillieu government] is that Melbourne has become so full that the commission should accept congestion, crime and rising land prices as ”locational disabilities” when carving up the GST. […]

But the argument that Melbourne’s choked roads and public transport networks should be a source of additional compensation is, at its core, defeatist.

It suggests state governments should be compensated for decades of under-investment in infrastructure and bad planning decisions. And it suggests they should be compensated for relying on population growth to produce economic growth, which has, in turn, become a misguided measure of political success.

I am looking forward to getting ethics approval so I can bring these sorts of articles in conversation with my own observations and then find out what people think.


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