Each episode, Adrian and Janice speak with a prominent identity shaping the future of Australian infrastructure – from CEOs of top ASX listed companies to Australia’s top political and bureaucratic brass.

Together they explore the ins and outs of infrastructure policy and the people behind it.

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Latest Episode

#05 Minister Paul Fletcher – on the power of markets and the state the federation

November 5, 2021

Adrian and Janice sit down with Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher MP to discuss why he believes in the power of markets and the role for government intervention. The Minister also shares his reflections on the policy rationale behind the sale of Telstra, the next big capital phase for the NBN, and the state the federation.


#04 Roch Cheroux – unpacks our urban water system and how we can have a more resilient water system

October 6, 2021

Adrian and Janice interviewed Managing Director of Sydney Water Roch Cheroux to shed light on how our complex urban water system actually works, the state of urban water reform in Australia, and what we need to do to combat increased climate variability and drought.


#03 Deanne Stewart – on the infrastructure M&A boom and ESG investment in Australia.

September 1, 2021

Adrian and Janice sit down with Aware Super CEO Deanne Stewart to talk about her journey from Bathurst kid to Fulbright Scholar, how Australia’s infrastructure market competes internationally, the boom in infrastructure M&A, and the challenges and opportunities for ESG investment in Australia.


#02 Rebecca Wark – on leadership and the future of health

July 7, 2021

Adrian and Janice sit down with NSW Health Infrastructure CEO Rebecca Wark to talk leadership, building hospitals through COVID, and how technology and uncertainty is shaping the future of health services in Australia.  


#01 Graeme Newton – on lessons from the 2011 QLD floods and building Brisbane’s new underground

June 9, 2021

Adrian and our new co-host Janice sit down with Cross River Rail Delivery Authority CEO Graeme Newton to talk about the lessons from the 2011 Queensland flood in managing the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges of building Brisbane’s new underground beneath the Brisbane River and CBD, and what’s required to make Queensland’s 2032 Olympic Bid a success.


#20 Mike Mrdak AO – on 30 years in the public service and the new frontier for digital infrastructure

December 22, 2020

In the last episode for 2020, Adrian and Illya sit down with former Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts, Mike Mrdak AO to discuss his 30 year career in the public service, the infrastructure market reform agenda of the 1980s and 90s, and the evolution of the telco sector and new frontier for digital infrastructure investment.

#19 Nicole Lockwood – on independent infrastructure advice and the growing freight task in WA

December 9, 2020

Adrian and Ilya talk with Deputy Chair of Infrastructure WA Nicole Lockwood about the infrastructure advisory body model, the trends and chief drivers behind the freight system overhaul in the WA, and why we need a focus on rational pricing and social licence in infrastructure provision.

#18 Rita Saffioti – on WA’s infrastructure response to COVID and path to recovery

November 13, 2020

Adrian and Ilya sat down with WA Minister for Transport and Planning, the Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA, to discuss the WA Government’s infrastructure response to COVID-19, the pathway to recovery, and the nexus between land use planning and transport infrastructure.

#17 Michael Brennan – on Australia’s reform opportunities and the future of productivity

July 9, 2020

Adrian and Ilya sat down with Chair of the Productivity Commission, Michael Brennan to discuss Australia’s reform opportunities, how the economy might evolve coming out of COVID-19, and what the future of productivity growth may look like in a services-based economy.

#16 John Pickhaver – on the evolution of infra financing, decarbonisation, and digital disruption

June 24, 2020

Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, Adrian and Ilya sat down with Co-Head of Macquarie Capital, Australia and New Zealand John Pickhaver to discuss his journey from civil engineering to private finance, the evolution of infrastructure financing in Australia, and the opportunities of technological disruption.


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