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A transport system for the 21st century

A safe, fair, efficient transport system

Australia’s economy and quality of life rely on safe, efficient and affordable transport. But all data suggests that our national land transport system has failed to keep up with growing demand and technological change, and our living standards are suffering as a result.

Transport costs are rising, our roads have never been more congested, and important road safety targets are being missed. Continued failure to address these issues will only magnify the harm being done.

Australia urgently needs well-planned and comprehensive policy action to renew its land transport system. The Australian Automobile Association calls on the major parties to commit to:

1. developing a White Paper that maps out the necessary reform of Australia’s land transport system

2. immediate investment in policies, programs and infrastructure that will upgrade the system’s capacity and operation.

Long-term reform

The AAA calls on all parties to commit to developing a Land Transport White Paper. This Policy Platform outlines why the White Paper must:

  • establish the process for developing and maintaining a fully funded 10-year infrastructure program
  • define a pathway for structural reform of the nation’s transport taxation and funding arrangements
  • clarify and modernise state-federal infrastructure funding and prioritisation arrangements
  • identify and plan infrastructure investment to facilitate emerging mobility technology
  • be delivered no later than the end of 2020.

Immediate investment

Australia’s land transport network is under significant strain. This Policy Platform outlines the policies, programs and infrastructure that the AAA expects all parties to commit to, so that our land transport system will be:

  • safer
  • fairer for all Australians
  • more efficient
  • more supportive of a productive economy.

The AAA believes this investment should be funded through the hypothecation of at least 50 per cent of net fuel excise into a dedicated land transport infrastructure fund.