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I am delighted to present this edition of Future Building – the
proceedings of Partnerships 2017, Australia’s most prestigious
annual gathering of infrastructure leaders.
On the one hand, this year’s programme spoke to the heavy
political overlay impacting infrastructure projects and markets – with
New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet’s opening address
noting that ‘the road to hell is paved with government interventions’.
But the proceedings also spoke to countervailing positives,
with a booming project market in New South Wales and
Victoria, and with mounting demand for economic and social
infrastructure across the country.
Our keynote addresses by Dr Kerry Schott AO (energy markets),
John Pickhaver (capital markets) and Mark Birrell (national reform)
each outlined challenges and opportunities ahead.
While our respected leaders, special purpose vehicles,
transport technology and investment panels provided deep
perspectives about our historical strengths, contemporary
challenges and forward requirements.
Given the heavy national political overlay in infrastructure,
I was particularly pleased that we were able to present the
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and his Opposition
counterpart, Paul Fletcher and Anthony Albanese, respectively.
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia has an important role
as the fearless and honest broker in infrastructure policy, which
was reflected in Paul and Anthony’s agreement to address the
topic ‘The things we agree on’, complete with real agreements –
and delivered with genuine good humour.
I hope you find that the proceedings of Partnerships 2017
offer you new insights into Australia’s infrastructure challenges –
and how they can each be addressed.
Chairman, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
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