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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2011
2 Minister Anthony Albanese’s Foreword ALC Yearbook 2011 During our first term we began addressing the nation’s immediate needs by putting in place our unprecedented $37 billion Nation Building Program, which: • Doubled the roads budget; • Increased average annual spending on rail by more than ten times; and • Made the first significant Federal investment in urban public transport. In fact, in less than three years we had lifted public infrastructure investment as a proportion of national income by more than 30 per cent. This compared to a 25 per cent decline in the preceding decade. However, we’ve always said it would take more than one or two parliamentary terms to put right a decade of neglect, requiring both sustained levels of public and private investment as well as proper long-term planning. That’s why during the course of our second term we will build on our program of reform and investment. Over the next three years we will be working to finalise the first ever National Ports Strategy and the first ever National Freight Strategy – long-term blueprints which will guide future public and private investment in our roads, railways, ports and aviation infrastructure. Ultimately, these two complementary strategies are all about building a truly national, integrated and multimodal system capable of moving goods from point A to point B quickly, reliably and efficiently. As well as continuing to roll out the largest ever capital works program, the Gillard Labor Government will also be working to bed down historic reforms to the way we regulate the operators and users of the nation’s infrastructure. After more than a century of failed attempts and false starts, we’re closer than ever before to having one set of modern, nation-wide laws covering maritime safety, rail safety and heavy vehicles. These historic reforms will improve safety, simplify the compliance task for transport operators and boost national income. Finally, our past should give us confidence for the future. This country has a proud record of building visionary but practical infrastructure, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the transcontinental railway and the Snowy River Scheme all examples of this. It’s this tradition – what we call Nation Building – that drives this Government. It’s about putting the resourcefulness of our people and the natural wealth beneath our soils to work, building the future we want for our nation. I look forward to working with the transport and logistics sector to deliver on this ambitious agenda of reform and investment. Anthony Albanese Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport With a relatively small population spread across a vast continent and much of its natural wealth located in remote areas, Australia has always been heavily reliant on its infrastructure and transport sector for its ongoing economic development. Motivated by this reality, the current Labor Government wasted no time in restoring national leadership as well as overhauling the way our nation plans, finances and builds infrastructure.