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AAA Pre- Budget Submission 2014-15

11.2.2014

The peak national motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has used its Pre-Budget Submission to Treasury to call for infrastructure to be the top priority in the coming year through increased funding of key projects and decision-making reforms to improve long-term planning.

"There is no doubt that addressing the nation's infrastructure challenges should be the top priority for the year ahead," AAA Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.

"There is an urgent need to deliver transport infrastructure which enhances productivity while easing congestion and improving road safety," he said.

In the lead up to the 2013 Federal Election, the motoring clubs released a list of priority transport infrastructure projects with the Coalition Government already committing to more than $20.1 billion of investment.

"The funding commitments to date are encouraging but it is essential that the full list of priority projects is considered as part of a long-term plan to meet Australia's transport infrastructure requirements," Mr McKellar said.

The AAA has also flagged its support for proposed reforms to Infrastructure Australia.

"The proposed reforms will improve the organisation's governance, independence and transparency," Mr McKellar said.

"The changes would help facilitate the development of a long-term strategy to ease congestion in our cities and improve the safety and productivity of our national highways," Mr McKellar said.

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