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There is no doubt that
we have to have more
significant investment in
public transport to ensure
the sustainability of our
cities. And having people
work from home keeps
people out of cars,
reduces greenhouse gas
emissions and enhances
quality of life.
's infrastructure challenges
"These kinds of issues are complex and require community
engagement. This is a major challenge for the government. Through
the House of Representatives Infrastructure Committee we have set
up an inquiry ... on smart infrastructure, and this will form part
of the debate as to how we use our existing infrastructure more
Mr Albanese has a strong sense of optimism for the future carbon
constrained economy. "Electric cars are moving fast, as are changes
in energy generation. Information technology will be integrated
with most areas of endeavour, such as transport systems, creating
transport such as buses.
investment in public transport to ensure the sustainability of our
cities. And having people work from home keeps people out of cars,
reduces greenhouse gas emissions and enhances quality of life."
In 2008, the Major Cities Unit was established within the
Department of Infrastructure to work with Infrastructure Australia's
Advisory Council, so from the Prime Minister down, there is
engagement in the cities debate on issues such as urban congestion,
which is having a massive impact on residents in places such as
western Sydney where there are desperate public transport needs.
Mr Albanese empathises with the challenges of those people who
spend more time commuting in their cars than at home with their
kids, saying, "This is why it is so important to have Commonwealth
engagement in urban transport, water provision and infrastructure
and to work in partnership with state and local government to make
sure we deliver improved living standards and quality of life."
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