AAA welcomes ministerial appointments
The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) says the Federal Ministry announced today provides the continuity required to deliver long-standing transport policy priorities, while also responding to emerging challenges in areas such as urban infrastructure, emissions policy, and energy security.
AAA Chief Executive Michael Bradley said: “The AAA particularly welcomes the reappointment of Darren Chester as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and his strong commitment to road safety improvements, robust project assessments, and the delivery of infrastructure projects that build economic and social capabilities across Australian communities.
“The appointment of Paul Fletcher to the new role of Minister for Urban Infrastructure is also welcome and highlights the Government’s increased focus upon unlocking the economic potential of our cities. The AAA looks forward to working closely with Minister Fletcher as the Government progresses its response to the Australian Infrastructure Plan, which will be needed to prevent urban congestion costing the Australian economy $53 billion by 2031.
“The AAA also congratulates the Prime Minister on the appointment of Josh Frydenberg as Minister for the Environment and Energy. The merging of these portfolios is a welcome recognition of the interdependent relationship between energy supply and security, environment, and emissions policies, at a time when the Government is seeking to meet its agreed greenhouse targets.”
As the national peak body representing Australia’s motoring clubs and their eight million members, the AAA looks forward to working with all Ministers to ensure safety, fairness, and sustainability are at the core of the Government’s land transport agenda.
The AAA’s campaign during the recent election gave voice to its clubs and their members, who told their elected representatives how congestion and poor infrastructure affect their lives and communities. The AAA will continue to make these voices heard in Canberra and ensure this term of Parliament delivers the transport improvements Australia needs.