Why public-private infrastructure deals need to change

Public-private partnerships are supposed to help deliver projects on time and on budget but public support is dwindling amid reports of secret contracts and cosy deals.

Victoria’s public-private partnerships (PPPs) are a mess. Their democratic standing has never been lower. They have always trumpeted better value for money and more timely delivery, but with the contract for the estimated $17.8 billion East West Link about to be “ripped up” it now looks more like a circus.

Few winners will emerge from the coming fight. Though incoming Labor Premier Daniel Andrews should be applauded for planning to release the East West contract, the deadline for doing so has long past.

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