View from Canberra 2021 September

On 3 September, IA released its 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan to achieve its 2036 vision. A vision that would seek infrastructure that “improves the sustainability of [Australia’s] economic, social, environmental and governance settings, builds quality of life for all Australians, and is resilient to shocks and emerging stresses”. Ambitious? Realistic? – maybe and maybe not. Who could have predicted the current social and economic landscape? Who could have forecasted our ‘pandemic infrastructure’ needs looking through the lens of the last IA Plan in 2016? – a plan that aimed to “recapture the reform spirit of the 1980s and 1990s and initiate a new wave of policy and legislative reforms”. The bus and coach industry relies on good infrastructure. The federal government, through its establishment of Infrastructure Australia (IA) in 2008, opened up the opportunity for state and territory governments to obtain federal government funding to make PT infrastructure projects a reality.
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