Productivity Commision highlights importance of addressing infrastructure challenges
The peak national motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), says the Productivity Commission's draft report into Public Infrastructure is a welcome contribution in highlighting the nation's growing transport infrastructure challenges.
"You only have to look at the transport infrastructure in any of Australia's major capital cities to see that the current system is broken," AAA Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.
"Australians who drive a car are not getting a fair return from their taxes and it is encouraging that the Commission has recommended a more direct link between the taxes motorists pay and road funding," he said.
"We are open to consider options for reform, provided that motorists don't end up paying more and get better value for their money," Mr McKellar said.
"A better long-term approach to infrastructure investment should be the top, national economic reform priority," he said.
"This report is a welcome contribution to the current infrastructure debate and we acknowledge the detailed analysis of the Commission," he said.
"It is reassuring that motorists have been acknowledged as essential to any consultation in regards to financing reform and we welcome the opportunity to represent their views," Mr McKellar said.