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

#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.


#15 Marika Calfas – on the evolution of NSW Ports and technology’s impact on the freight supply chain

April 22, 2020

Before the outbreak of COVID-19, Adrian and Ilya sat down with CEO of NSW Ports Marika Calfas to discuss the evolution of NSW Ports, what the organisation is doing to sustainably grow trade and improve the efficiency of its supply chain, and the enormous change that new technologies and automation has brought to port operations around the world.

#14 Tony Shepherd – on COVID-19, infrastructure stimulus, and why he’s a GWS Giants enthusiast

April 7, 2020

Adrian and Ilya sit down with one of Australia’s most respected businessmen – and GWS Giants enthusiast – Tony Shepherd to discuss his career, insights on the COVID-19 crisis, and what stimulus and broader reform measures are required to battle the economic fallout of the global pandemic.

#13 Bernard Tabary – on his global career in transport & the value of different forms of procurement

March 10, 2020

Adrian and Ilya sit down with CEO International of Keolis, Bernard Tabary to discuss his global career in transport, his views on franchising and the future implications for transport as technology evolves.