Road or Rail? The partisan politics of urban transport policy in the Australian States
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This paper addresses the question of “what is ‘Labor’ about state Labor governments?” by comparing the policies of the two sides of politics in respect of public transport. It postulates a clear difference that should be manifest in Labor’s preference for rail and the Coalition’s preference for roads. To test that proposition it conducts a longitudinal comparison within one state (Western Australia) and triangulates that by surveying across jurisdictions.