Research & Advocacy

National reform needed for rail access regimes

National reform is needed to clean up the regulatory "dog's breakfast" surrounding access to Australia's rail networks.

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The Free Ride's Over

Research undertaken by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) – as well as the broader body of economic literature – shows transport infrastructure is a core driver of long-run productivity growth in all economies.

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Building Rail to Australia's Next Major Airport

The new Western Sydney Airport will be a major transport asset for Western Sydney and for the Australia's national economy.

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Fare's Fair

What would happen if you turned the public transport fares table upside down - so that the further you travelled, the less you pay?  The results might surprise you!

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2015 Federal Budget Submission

The RTBU's submission to the 2015 Federal Budget process argues that urban transport congestion is a national economic problem that requires Federal Government leadership.

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Coastal Shipping Reform

Analysis by the RTBU has found that the Federal Government's reforms to Coastal Shipping will have a significant impact on the rail freight industry - with around 300 jobs in the rail industry at risk.

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Inland Rail

The RTBU believes the Inland Rail project is one of the most important infrastructure projects to be undertaken in this country since the construction of the Snowy Hydro scheme. The project has the potential to revolutionise the movement of transport north-south for the eastern states, and to contribute significantly to Australia’s economic growth and productivity over the next 50 years and beyond. 

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