Our nation’s infrastructure deficit holds back businesses and reduces the quality of life. Chronic under investment has meant we are now living with legacy infrastructure which undermines our businesses and makes Australia a less attractive place to live and work. Nowhere is this felt more acutely than in regional Australia where some of our communities remain relatively isolated. Ensuring access to government services is one of the most critical tasks of the Commonwealth. In response to bush fires and other crisis transport infrastructure is about supporting resilient communities and effective disaster responses.
In 2008 Australia ranked 9th in ease of doing business, in 2019 we were 18th. In the words of Infrastructure Australia “we are falling behind our international competitors”. But for many working Australians you didn’t need to tell them that, they already knew from their ballooning commute times. Population growth is concentrated and with existing infrastructure already inadequate the investment required is only growing.
Spending big in the wake of COVID-19 is an opportunity to address this issue. Our long-term vision is building an Australia defined by fairness regardless of where you are born. For small businesses, investment in transport infrastructure is synonymous with opportunity. For families, it could simply mean more time with the family than on a bus or train. Any long-term vision for this country based on the values of fairness for Australian workers begins with connectivity. As we get Australians back to work, we can begin by literally building better infrastructure to get us there. ____________________________ 1 https://www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-08/Australian%20Infrastructure%20Audit%202019%20-%20Executive%20Summary%20Brochure.pdf page 5