TTF backs Albanese - with caution

Back on the job, Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has been put on notice to deliver Labor’s election promises

TTF backs Albanese - with caution
TTF backs Albanese – with caution

September 15, 2010

Peak advocacy group Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) supports the appointment of Anthony Albanese in the Gillard cabinet, but warns the new Minister must deliver on Labor’s pre-election commitments.

Albanese was sworn in as Transport and Infrastructure Minister on Tuesday, returning to a reduced portfolio which sees his previous regional duties go to Simon Crean.

TTF Managing Director Christopher Brown says the onus was now on the Federal Government to work with the states to deliver critical transport infrastructure.

He says bringing Australia’s public transport system up to world-class standards depends on the ability of the new Gillard Government to follow through on major transport commitments.

"The last term saw the government implement a passenger transport program which brought new investment to public transport and a robust framework ensuring long term transport planning is tied to land use planning," Brown says.

"While negotiation will be at the forefront of Australian politics over the next three years, we should not be negotiating on the projects already recognised by Infrastructure Australia as vital to the national economy."

He says ensuring Australia has a world-class and sustainable national transport network, especially in urban areas, is crucial for the economic well being of the country.

"Brisbane’s Cross River Rail Project and Melbourne’s Metro tunnel will need significant funding from the Federal Government if both cities are going to be mobile and productive into the future," says Brown.

"We should also recognise the commitments made during the election campaign, namely the Moreton Bay Rail extension, Parramatta to Epping rail link and a feasibility study into high speed rail."

Brown says having a sustainable public transport system is key to more liveable and productive cities.

"With Minister Albanese at the helm, we must realise the opportunities presented through the work of Infrastructure Australia and the Major Cities Unit."

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