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This edition draws on the proceedings of our recent
Partnerships conference, distilling the deep policy
and reform contributions from a selection of the
nation's most senior policy, business and public
This year's program saw fresh optimism re ected
throughout the day's proceedings, as scal challenges
drive procurement experimentation and balance
sheet reform across Australia's states and territories.
The overlay of a new, majority Federal Government
-- with strong funding and policy commitments
for infrastructure -- provided a strong context for
ambitious contributions about the requirement for a
national infrastructure compact.
This year's keynote, plenary and panel
presentations explored the renewed project
and policy experiments, as the states approach
similar infrastructure problems, using markedly
The uniting outcome across the day was the bene t
and utility that will be provided through a better
skilled and mandated Infrastructure Australia.
Contributors noted that Infrastructure Australia
has the opportunity to interrogate the outcomes, as
states trial new models to fund and nance major
motorway, health and other infrastructure projects.
I was particularly delighted that the newly
appointed Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Warren
Truss MP, was able to join us in the immediate
aftermath of the Federal election. Mr Truss provided a
generous contribution, outlining the philosophy and
approach of the Abbott Government as it moves to
achieve its infrastructure legacy.
As you may be aware, I have also decided to
retire as the Chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships
Australia, after more than eight years in the role.
As such, this will be my last contribution to
I would like to take this opportunity to thank and
acknowledge the generous engagement, support and
investment from IPA's members, and particularly my
fellow Board Members.
I trust that you will nd this edition both relevant
and thought-provoking, and I 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.
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