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Undertaking assessments before the political
process -- and ensuring that there is better
information available to governments when they
make commitments to particular projects -- is not
something that has happened in the past.
We want the decisions, which will ultimately be
made by governments, to be informed by the best
available information, and to give the sector long
lead-in times so that they know which projects are
favoured as part of our infrastructure network.
Mapping Australia's infrastructure direction has
never been more important. Demographic changes,
transitioning away from resources-led investment
to broader sources of growth, participating in
the rise of Asia, and a rapidly increasing freight
transportation task are among the critical issues
Australia must address.
A failure to invest in infrastructure will limit our
ability to grow as a nation and to develop our social
and economic fabric.
It is therefore a huge responsibility, as well as a
privilege, to be the Minister for Infrastructure and
Regional Development in a government that is
focused on delivering the infrastructure that Australia
needs, rather than just talking about it.
The Coalition Government was elected with a
strong agenda to x our competitiveness and deliver
the economic infrastructure needed to create more
and better jobs, higher living standards, and greater
opportunities for all Australians.
The commitments we made included:
• xing the Budget
• a strategic investment in building the infrastructure
of the 21st century
• reforming Infrastructure Australia
• tasking the Productivity Commission with
examining the delivery of public infrastructure
to nd ways to reduce costs and provide better
value for taxpayers' dollars.
These promises are being delivered well within
our rst 12 months of government.
The Federal Budget
The 2014--15 Budget enacted structural reforms
that will ensure the sustainability of key
government responsibilities, such as welfare,
health and education.
The Budget also contains the biggest ever
contribution by a federal government to
At $50 billion, the Infrastructure Investment
Programme includes crucial road, rail, intermodal
and port projects -- $16.4 billion more than the
Opposition promised, and without caveats on many
of the proposals, which would have prevented them
A failure to invest
in infrastructure will
limit our ability to grow
as a nation and to
develop our social and
The Hon Warren Truss MP
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