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Volume 3 Number 1
IPA recently released the rst edition of its
Civil Infrastructure Metric, in partnership with BIS
Shrapnel. The Metric showed in stark relief what
every company in the sector is experiencing
rsthand: a sustained slowdown in the number and
value of projects coming to the market.
This slowdown re ects uncertainty about
decision-making for new investment and shows how
government procurement has tightened following
falls in GST, stamp duties and other transaction-based
But challenges also bring opportunities.
Already, we are seeing governments begin to
respond through far-reaching inquiries into the cost,
scope and model of government service delivery,
together with an accelerating process of asset sales.
In this edition of Future Building, Tony Abbott
outlines his plans to engage with -- and invest in --
urban infrastructure if elected to government.
I am very pleased that the new Queensland
Transport Minister, Scott Emerson, shares his views
on the substantial challenges facing that government
in funding new projects, while reforming a very
dif cult budgetary position.
This edition also looks at the changing and
evolving roles of government and the private sector
in the delivery of public health services -- the largest
area of expenditure by Australia's states -- and features
an article on the South Australian budget, and one on
opportunities to capture value from new investments
to increase revenues and funding capacity for new
We also bring you an interview with Transurban's
new Chief Executive, Scott Charlton, who sheds light
on his career to date, and his directions and drive at
the helm of Australia's largest tollway operator.
Future Building also explores the transport reforms
underway in New South Wales, and the growing
appetite for governments to partner with the private
sector on major healthcare projects.
I trust you will enjoy Future Building, and invite
any feedback that you may have.
The Hon Mark Birrell
Chairman, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
2012 continues to pose substantial challenges to
policymakers and the industry, with dif cult budget
positions frustrating the capacity of governments to
fund the pace of infrastructure investment expected
by the community, and demanded by the economy.
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