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Volume 3 Number 2
It is critical that the election debate focus, in
large part, on the reasons for Australia's stagnant
productivity. This will necessarily demand a careful
consideration of the policy options that exist to
reform Australia's infrastructure markets.
The ef ciency of Australia's infrastructure
services, particularly transport and utilities, is a key
underpinning of Australia's global competitiveness.
Reforms to infrastructure markets therefore
offer the opportunity to see a return to a strong,
positive improvement in economic productivity
and national prosperity.
During 2013, IPA will be a strong advocate
for investment in nationally signi cant transport
infrastructure projects (which result from an
objective prioritisation process and transparent
business cases), and we will champion market-
based policies that encourage fresh investment in
areas like energy and water.
IPA will also be encouraging the major political
parties to support regulatory and tax environments
that make the delivery and operation of major
projects feasible in the coming decade.
In the context of the coming election,
this edition of Future Building details the
proceedings of Infrastructure Partnerships
Australia's Partnerships conference, which was held
late 2012 in Melbourne.
Partnerships is the most signi cant gathering of
business, policy and political leaders from across
the nation. Each of our speakers provided generous
and honest views about the reforms that must be
considered, resolved and implemented if we are
to see meaningful and sustained progress toward a
I trust that you will nd this edition both relevant
and thought-provoking, and I would welcome any
feedback that you may have.
In the meantime, my best wishes for a
The Hon Mark Birrell
Chairman, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
I am delighted to introduce the latest edition of Future
Building, the journal of Australia's infrastructure
sector. Infrastructure is now a welcome and common
feature in public policy debate -- and with a federal
election due on 14 September, this will increasingly
be the case.
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