Just over a month into the campaign, Fund our Future has been backed by a range of community members, business leaders and politicians.
Several elected representatives from across the political spectrum have backed the campaign in full, but we also plan to keep track of public comments about infrastructure, cities, population growth and outer suburbs, by putting in clearly on the record.
The Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, the Honourable Angus Taylor says the population growth in outer suburbs is outpacing the delivery of local jobs and services, saying that his focus will be on the need for high-income jobs close to home. Giving examples of Hollywood and the clusters around MIT in Boston and Sanford in Northern California, he said the Government needs “…to use every policy lever of government … to support and nurture these job clusters in our cities, as close as possible to where people live.” Addressing a Sydney Business Chamber conference on transport links on 4 March, he said the Government should address housing affordability by increasing supply and that “Thinking about infrastructure investments as part of a plan for housing, jobs and transport can lead us to very different solutions and very different financing options.” He noted the UK’s “powerful” template for working with all levels of government, industry and the community, their so-called ‘city deals’ and said the Federal Government wanted to work with willing jurisdictions on a bilateral basis to develop agreements. He adds: "The agreements will be designed to improve the alignment of Commonwealth, State and Local Governments and provide a platform for co-operation and infrastructure investment.”
The Federal Minister for Major Projects Territories and Local Government, the Honourable Paul Fletcher, says the “cycle” of new jobs being generated within 10 kilometres of the CBD while most new housing stock is built more than 20 kilometres away “…aggravates urban sprawl and germinates a transport infrastructure problem.” He has told the Property Council in Brisbane, that in our biggest cities “…we need to expand [transport] system capacity to deal with growing demand,” and that “ …new routes are needed to support new metropolitan areas”.
The Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Tourism, the Honourable Anthony Albanese, has called for the Prime Minister to “decouple long-term infrastructure development from the short-term political cycle” in a speech he made to the Australian Logistics Council in early March. In backing further investment in infrastructure, he’s called on the Federal Government to use “evidence based decision-making” in approving projects. Anthony Albanese says a Labor Government would bring Infrastructure Australia “in from the cold”, if it were elected.