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The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
discourage the situation where 'overbidding' for
future concessions might occur in toll road projects.
Addressing this issue of overly optimistic bidding
is very important if we are to successfully engage
with the private sector to help fund and nance our
I mentioned earlier the improvements in
road and rail productivity, resulting in part from
investment -- both from the public purse and from
The remaining piece of the puzzle is
The introduction of single national regulators for
the heavy vehicle sector and for rail and maritime
safety will generate up to $30 billion in bene ts over
the next 20 years.
At the same time, it will reduce the number of
transport regulators across Australia from 23 to three.
This equals less red tape, less time spent
complying, and less confusion.
This is a practical reform that has been
supported by state and territory governments and
that has, from time to time, called upon the private
sector to back in and encourage the ongoing
reform at times when people were looking to stall
it in order to continue to entrench bureaucracy in
the various states and territories.
The American business guru Paul Meyer once
said, 'Productivity is never an accident. It is always
the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent
planning, and focused effort.'
There is no doubt that this is true. There is also no
doubt that we face uncertain times. Yet this should
not be an excuse for avoiding the hard work of
microeconomic reform. It should be a spur for us to
do more, not less.
We must continue to work smarter in the way
we approach our entire infrastructure environment
-- an environment that requires a holistic approach to
planning, investment, construction and maintenance,
Only then can this nation really achieve
THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Anthony Albanese is the Minister for
Infrastructure and Transport, and the Leader of the
House of Representatives.
Minister Albanese was rst elected to Federal
Parliament in 1996 as the Member for Grayndler.
He served as a member of the Shadow Ministry
from 1998 to 2007.
Minister Albanese has an Economics Degree
from Sydney University. His seat of Grayndler
is located in Sydney's inner west, where he has
lived all his life. Minister Albanese was born on
2 March 1963 in Sydney, New South Wales.
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