Thu 10 Sep 2015
‘Australia’s infrastructure plan … vision or fantasy?…’
Australia needs a government prepared to invest in nation building in a way that maximises value for taxpayer dollars, and not fanciful ideas that rarely materialise or, at best, are misdirected and funded for political expediency.
Infrastructure must be funded on the basis of economic and community need. The Opposition is pushing hard on the Government’s promise to lift infrastructure funding, which according to Anthony Albanese Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, lies in rubble two years after the Government’s election.
Mr Abbott, who declared he would be the ‘Infrastructure Prime Minister’ has in fact presided over a 19 per cent decline in spending …’ said Albanese. The Government has the opportunity to turn its declining fortunes by refocusing on what matters to the economy, the development of industry, increasing our skilled workforce and, most importantly, delivering value to the Australian community. ‘Communities all over Australia need improved road and urban transport systems, expanded rail and port facilities, and utility and energy infrastructure to support housing and business development …’ says Mike Carmody Chief Executive Officer Civil Contractors Federation.
Over the past two years, the Prime Minister has committed billions of dollars to projects often without a rigorous cost benefit analysis, or consultation with the civil construction industry and Infrastructure Australia. It’s time for the Government to step forward. ‘No more committees and drawn out enquiries, infrastructure demands leadership, vision and investment …’ said Carmody.
Government must get nation building back on track and return Infrastructure Australia to the centre of government, where it belongs.
The message is simple ‘infrastructure underpins productivity, and productivity is the key factor in driving the economy and our nation forward …The civil construction industry stands ready to work with the Prime Minister to realise his vision for Australia.