“favours for mates” rife in Queensland planning

  Dr Cameron Murray takes a peek inside the shady world of planning decisions in Queensland, and wonders whose interests are being served. Town planning systems should coordinate our city development in the public interest, guiding development in socially desirable ways; ways which have been established by decades of research and analysis of the most functional, attractive, and popular cities of the world. More often than not, however, these systems are run for the economic interests of political mates, who utilise the various discretionary elements of the planning system to give themselves massive economic gains. These gains come at a cost...

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