I didn’t watch Q&A last night, and the transcript doesn’t go up until 2pm-ish today, but this paraphrase from LeftyE over at LP in Exile struck me as a hammer-nail-head moment:
Agree with Waleed Aly on qanda: so much of this “population” debate is really about the crap nature of services and infrastructure in the outer suburbs of our cities.
Our cities really need to look deeper into dispersing the concentration of resources poured into our CBDs and the city districts closest to them. We need a hub and spoke model of Urban Business Districts, with the CBD acting as a hub for SBDs (Spoke Business Districts) in places like Parramatta and Liverpool (Chatswood and Hurstville?) in Sydney and their parallels in Melbourne and elsewhere, serviced by not only the new ring motorways but also by ring networks of trains and buses for commuters that run frequent and reliable timetables. Get reliable ring commuter transport systems in place and watch SBDs grow, and watch them generate more and better jobs for those in outer suburbs.
So how can the inertia of State government and municipal planning departments be overcome to make this or any other decentralisation plan that recognises and offers equal opportunity to the outer suburbs commuter belt actually work?