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The things we agree on
Western Sydney Airport is succeeding because of bipartisan support from Paul Fletcher and Anthony
Road pricing reform will need even greater bipartisan support to succeed.
‘Smart cities’ are about using information to understand infrastructure and urban planning problems –
and testing solutions.
► The Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Shadow Minister
for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional
Development, and Shadow Minister for Tourism
► The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban
► Brendon Lyon, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure
Brendan Lyon (BL): This is a tremendous opportunity to bring
together two people who are both good friends of mine, and
good friends of the sector, to have a chat about what’s what in
infrastructure, and how we can agree on things that we need to do.
This is the brainchild of several telephone calls, not actually
with Paul and Anthony, but with their respective chiefs of staff.
We worked out that there is actually a fairly high degree of
similarity between Paul Fletcher and ‘Albo’ right from the outset
– remember that this is the work of your staff and not me.
The list we came up with is:
► they both like to claim credit for each other’s work
► they both speak with a higher-than-average nasal tone
► they both cut their teeth in student politics at the
University of Sydney.
Your nearest and dearest staff were the ones who came up
with that list.
Nonetheless, you were both avid university activists at the
same university, at the same time. Paul, you were a world-
champion debater. I think that you left that off your resume
Anthony, but it was similar at the time.
The Hon Anothy Albanese (AA): No. I was a brawler.
BL: World-champion though.
Fireside chat: The things we
L–R: Paul Fletcher, Brendan Lyon and Anthony Albanese
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