"Urban Sprawl is Finished," Claims Author of Australian Study

The Planning Institute of Australia released a report that predicts a grim future for Australia's suburbs, unless the government moves to radically overhaul its transport and urban policies.
February 15, 2011, 6am PST | Victor Negrete
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According to Professor Peter Newman of Curtin University, one of the authors of the report, Australia's trade deficit and dependence on foreign oil will sky-rocket if current policies remain unchanged. As a result, he claims, suburbs that are car dependent will become "the slums of the future."

The solution, according to Professor Newman : "every state should duplicate a Queensland law that requires local councils to conduct an ''oil dependence study'' when approving new developments."

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Published on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 in The Sydney Morning Herald
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