Peter Spearritt

Conference paper

Why Melbourne kept its trams

Why did Melbourne keep its trams, especially during the 1950s and 1960s when other Australian capital cities, the major cities in New Zealand, the UK and Ireland, and most US and Canadian cities didn’t? Melbourne now has the largest tramway system in the world, as...
Conference paper

Damnation: from the Hinze Dam to the Tugun desalination plant

Australia’s major cities have long relied on large dams as their main source of water. These dams, including Warragamba, are household names in their own cities. Some cities are blessed with good quality catchment areas, most notably Sydney, while others, including Brisbane, have catchments compromised...

Why don’t we design better suburbs?

Designer Suburbs: Architects and Affordable Homes in Australia (0)By Judith O’Callaghan and Charles PickettNewSouth | $49.99

One little piece of earth which is ours

Does every Australian have a right to decent housing? Governments might say so, but they’re not doing much to make it happen, writes Peter Spearritt in Inside Story •

Rum Corps to white-shoe brigade

The way that land is at the heart of Australian dream: the source of wealth and security, spirituality and belonging is explored in the second Griffith Review: Dreams of Land. As interest rates rise it might be time to rethink the national hobby of property...