Melbourne’s transport-rich and transport-poor areas

Inspired by Daniel Bowen’s review of service levels at Melbourne’s rail stations, I wanted to compare numbers of train, tram and bus departures across Melbourne as a whole. This map draws on Public Transport Victoria’s timetables in GTFS format, showing total number of train, tram and bus departures on a representative weekday (17 April 2019). […]

Diagram of proposed new bus routes for Melbourne

Improving Melbourne’s bus routes

Completed the final project for my Masters degree in GIS at RMIT University last year, investigating whether we would get better public transport outcomes if we reconfigured our bus routes into a network of sparser but more direct and frequent services in an intersecting grid. Found that if we moved from this (showing current bus […]

Map of proposed cross city railway from Springvale to Melbourne Airport

Why Melbourne needs an Airport Crosslink Rail

I did this a few years ago, before construction of the Metro Tunnel had started, and maybe it’s now been superseded by the Suburban Rail Loop proposal.  But I still like it. See my interactive Esri story map for more details.

Swings in the Australian 2016 federal election

Mapping anything to do with Australian federal elections is a problem because of the disparity in electorate sizes. Some individual electorates are larger than some whole states. I made this map a while ago, to show the swings (on a two-party preferred basis) in the 2016 federal election. This was the election where the Liberal/National […]

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Project finance and the ‘ipso facto’ reforms

From 1 July 2018, new laws limit financiers’ rights to accelerate loans and enforce security when a company is in administration or under receivership. There are many exceptions. Mostly, project financiers will fall within the exceptions and be able to accelerate and enforce, but there are some gaps. The laws will also help project financiers […]

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PPSA meets the Constitution: the OneSteel case

Section 51(xxxi) of the Constitution allows the Commonwealth to make laws for the acquisition of property on just terms. Australian film lovers will remember the section as central to the plot in The Castle, where Daryl Kerrigan saves his house from acquisition for an airport extension, persuading the High Court that no money can justly […]

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Mere contractual promises are not security interests

In two linked cases, Beach J of the Federal Court has unsurprisingly held that: a contractual indemnity is not a security interest, and an undertaking as to damages given to a court is not a security interest. Unjustified financing statements The two cases are National Australia Bank Ltd v Garrett [2016] FCA 714 and Treasury […]

Cartogram map of Australian federal electorates, coloured by party

A hexagon cartogram for the Australian 2016 election

Hexagon cartograms are often used for UK election results, but I haven’t seen them much in Australia. I wanted to try creating one. And I’ve added swing controls so you can model a swing to the ALP or the Coalition and watch the seats change hands. Mouse over electorate for details: Electorate (State) Member (Party) […]

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Was a retention of title claim ‘unsecured’ before the PPSA?

Within a week, two courts have considered this question and reached opposite conclusions. The Federal Court says ‘no’; the Victorian Supreme Court says ‘yes’. Why it matters The issue is important to liquidators seeking to claw back preferential payments made to individual creditors before liquidation began, for redistribution on an equal basis to creditors generally. […]