Infrastructure Reform will Deliver Better Results
The peak national motoring organisation, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has called for an overhaul of approaches to infrastructure investment to be elevated as a leading economic reform priority for the next government.
Commenting on the release of Infrastructure Australia's National Infrastructure Plan, AAA Executive Director Andrew McKellar said "It is very clear that the current system of funding land transport infrastructure is broken and major reforms are needed."
The Plan outlines a number of opportunities and reforms to ensure Australia can keep up with the infrastructure projects the nation requires.
"It is clear Australia can no longer rely on an ad-hoc process for infrastructure development and funding. The current drip feed approach to annual budgets has failed and will not deliver the significant long-term infrastructure projects and improvements needed for Australia," he said.
"Motoring clubs are calling on the major parties to adopt innovative approaches to funding for transport," Mr McKellar said.
"It is essential we utilise all options to fund critical land transport infrastructure, including better use of the revenue from motoring taxes; appropriate user charging; and re-investment of the proceeds from the sale of existing assets."
"It is encouraging to see many of the high priority transport projects identified in Infrastructure Australia's Priority List align with those identified by the motoring clubs," Mr McKellar said.
"We will continue to highlight the need for long-term reform of infrastructure funding to ensure that government is making a stronger and more effective investment in essential infrastructure and to encourage greater involvement by private sector investors," he said.
The motoring clubs of Australia and their 7 million members have joined forces this election year to highlight the need to reform road funding arrangements and identify key projects that will ease congestion and improve road safety.