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This year's proceedings re ect the 'two speed'
infrastructure market, with palpable optimism about
New South Wales and Victoria, but a gloomy outlook
for the other states facing leveraged public budgets
and the evaporation of mining investment.
This year's programme saw a focus on short-,
medium- and longer-term reforms to increase the
quantum and the quality of infrastructure investment.
Immediate budget and project funding
reform priorities formed a focus across many
presentations -- noting the wide availability of
finance, but the lack of well-structured cash flows
to repay finance over time.
Many speakers also considered how
immediate solutions can be considered within
a wider context of long-term structural reforms
to government budgets, and to the structure of
infrastructure markets themselves.
Our 2015 conference saw delegates and speakers
drawn from a wide cross-section of community,
government and business sector stakeholders.
Many of the reforms that Australia will need to
drive permanent infrastructure solutions -- such as
privatisation of public assets, pricing reforms and
others -- will only be possible through an informed
public debate, and support from unlikely quarters.
Partnerships is an important forum to resolve
the way ahead -- and to deepen and widen the
national infrastructure policy reform partnership
toward material progress.
I hope that you find this edition of Future
Building of interest, and I welcome any feedback
you may have.
Chairman, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
I am delighted to present the latest edition
of Future Building -- the journal of Australia's
infrastructure sector -- which presents the
proceedings from the annual Partnerships
infrastructure policy symposium.
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