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Making the case for reform. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein. Who we are…. What we want….

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Making the case for reform

Making the case for reform


Making the case for reform

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

Albert Einstein


Making the case for reform

Who we are…


Making the case for reform

What we want…

….a better way of funding, pricing, planning, & managing, land transport in Australia to ensure it delivers optimum and sustainable economic, social and environmental outcomes for all Australians.


Making the case for reform

Our goals….

  • raise the level of public debate

  • ignite a reform process across all tiers of government

  • significant traction by the middle of this decade


Making the case for reform

Our strategy….

  • Bottom up - engage the community in the debate by providing information and promoting ideas (mainstream and social media)

  • Top down - engage with government to encourage a meaningful reform process (share the tent)


Making the case for reform

The case for reform….

  • We don’t have the money to build and maintain our transport infrastructure.

  • There is little consistency or rationality in how we, as users, pay for our transport choices.

  • Congestion is choking our cities, degrading our quality of life and costing you the taxpayer.


Making the case for reform

The case for reform….

  • Government responsibilities are divided and illogical.

  • We’re long on vision, short on delivery.

  • There is a disconnect between land-use planning and infrastructure delivery.


Making the case for reform

The case for reform….

  • Under-spending on infrastructure is compromising network safety.

  • We’re failing the environment.

  • We’re not meeting the growing freight task.


Making the case for reform

The challenge for regional Australia….

  • We need to increase road maintenance spending by $1.2 billion annually just to tread water

    (The Local Roads Funding Gap, ALGA, 2010)

  • Roads to Recovery - $373m in 2013/14, then $350m per annum for next five years

  • SOMETHING DOESN’T ADD UP


Making the case for reform

Show me the money…

  • The way we currently finance and pay for our infrastructure solutions clearly isn’t delivering the outcomes we want

  • There are only two ways to pay for infrastructure - either the government pays, or we do (as users)


Making the case for reform

Let’s put everything on the table…

  • Increase government debt (‘borrow and build’)

  • Asset recycling

  • Value capture

  • Road usage charging (‘user pays’)

  • New financing models to engage private sector


Making the case for reform

Help us build the mood for change…

  • Join the TRN

  • Engage in the the debate on www.transportreform.org

  • Follow us on Twitter @transportreform

  • Talk about the issues and encourage an open, honest conversation in your community about the options


Making the case for reform

“Are we prepared to pay for our infrastructure – where does Australia stand?”

Sir Rod Eddington, 2013 Infrastructure Australia report to COAG


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