Join our expert panel at this Grattan Institute and National Library of Australia webinar for a lively discussion about two sides of the Fast-Train debate – should Australia dump the decades-old dream of building a bullet train from Brisbane to Melbourne via Sydney and Canberra?

How realistic is the notion that upgrades to regional rail would ease population pressures on our major capitals and boost struggling regional cities and towns?

What’s the best way for governments to help commuters get to work in the booming outer suburbs of the capital cities?

The alternative of renovating rail lines to boost train speeds from capital cities to surrounding regions is less expensive and might be worth doing – but these renovations are unlikely to fulfil all the wishful thinking of their proponents.


Gabriel Metcalf - CEO of the Committee for Sydney

Marion Terrill - Transport and Cities Program Director at Grattan Institute


Kat Clay - Head of Digital Communications at Grattan Institute

This event is delivered in partnership with the Grattan Institute.

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