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The Hon Warren Truss MP
are protecting the taxpayers' money, and that we are
delivering value for what is funded.
Of course, shareholders expect the same, as do
superannuation members. They expect their money
to be looked after and to return a good investment.
To marry those priorities and to be innovative,
but also to be conscious of the need to make
sound investments and achieve the community's
objective of having better infrastructure to service
our nation, is really the challenge confronting
incoming governments and, indeed, the public
sector. Furthermore, there is a need to ensure
that we can meet those hopes and aspirations in
a way that is not going to pass future generations
a cost burden, an economic burden or a debt that
This Government is committed to ensuring that
Australia has the productive infrastructure we need to
meet the challenges ahead, and to reap the rewards
of sound investment.
However, our debt and our scal constraints
hamper the Government's ability to fund and
maintain nationally signi cant infrastructure, so we
are going to have to be creative and prepared to think
outside the box.
During the recent election campaign, we
announced our support for a number of major
highway projects in the city and country, and our
plan for getting the inland freight rail project back
Ef ciency gains through improved infrastructure
are all-important to unlocking our nation's potential.
Better infrastructure will provide access to new
and emerging industries, and will allow us to transport
our cost-sensitive goods to markets here, and to ports
in far-off markets, as well as to link Australians to
jobs, services and opportunities we haven't dreamt
As I have said publicly many times before, any
failure to deliver key infrastructure improvements
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