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IPA National Infrastructure Awards 2012
With half of the world's middle class expected to
be living in Asia within the next 10 years, Tyrwhitt
said he was 'fundamentally convinced' that Australia
is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this
Australia is now as much a part of Asia as it ever
was of Europe, he explained, and the commodities
boom will continue to lead to closer ties with major
trading partners such as India, China and Indonesia.
'We're part of Asia. We're part of the Asian
Century. And that means we're part of a new era of
growth,' Mr Tyrwhitt said.
He explained that Australians had developed
a reputation throughout Asia for bringing a
professional, innovative and imaginative approach
to major infrastructure delivery -- an attitude that
'aligns perfectly with the aspirations of the booming
economies of our region'.
Tyrwhitt also called on Australia to deliver the
long-term planning vision that's needed to help solve
the country's infrastructure backlog, adding that too
often infrastructure was captive to the political cycle.
'We need a list of priorities and a commitment
from governments of all persuasions to stick with it,
to fund it and to deliver it,' Tyrwhitt said.
He explained that a list of priorities and funding
commitments from governments was the 'most basic
of starting blocks', yet had remained 'frustratingly
elusive' for years, resulting in Australia falling behind
Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China.
'The Asian Century was not born of luck, or
through the relative demise of the United States and
'It has been delivered by governments
through excellent planning, great choices and the
fundamental understanding that investing in ...
quality infrastructure delivers amazing results.'
He said that Australia faced a simple decision:
'invest now, or get left behind.'
Tyrwhitt's Oration concluded by challenging
Australia's governments to invest in the country's
'We need a shared vision. We need a vision
un-blinkered by politics. A vision that sees beyond
the political cycle. A vision that recognises [that]
investing in infrastructure is a prerequisite for growth
Tyrwhitt delivers the
We need a shared vision. We
need a vision un-blinkered by
politics. A vision that sees beyond
the political cycle. A vision that
recognises [that] investing in
infrastructure is a prerequisite for
growth and prosperity
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