Automobile Association Welcomes Stronger Investment in Transport Infrastructure
The peak national motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has welcomed the incoming government's strong commitment for greater investment in vital national transport infrastructure.
"It is a welcome result for road users as the Coalition outlined a strong agenda to invest in major transport infrastructure across the country," AAA Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.
"It was encouraging to hear Mr Abbott make specific reference in his victory speech about building the roads of the 21st century, an acknowledgement that improved transport infrastructure must be a major priority for Australia," he said.
"Importantly the indication that major national infrastructure will be funded on an 80:20 arrangement between the Commonwealth and the states provides a renewed level of certainty that should enable work to get quickly under way on key new projects," Mr McKellar said.
"There is an extensive agenda for the new government to secure stronger investment and new approaches to infrastructure funding as a top economic reform priority," he said.
"It is clear there are further road challenges that will need to be addressed," Mr McKellar said.
"Combined, the motoring clubs of Australia represent more than seven million members. In the recent election campaign they have demonstrated that they are prepared to actively represent the interests of all road users and they will continue to do so," he said.
"The Coalition's commitment to overturn the proposed changes to FBT rules will restore certainty for car buyers and put a stop to what would have been an added financial impost on a significant number of motorists," Mr McKellar said.
"The AAA acknowledges the contribution of outgoing Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, for his work in the portfolio over the past six years," he said.