Infrastructure needn't wait for governments. Government can't do it all, and nor should they as wealth creation and economic opportunity must come from business, writes Garry Bowditch ahead of the John Grill Centre's Better Infrastructure Initiative's new policy paper on customer-led infrastructure. Read the full article in the Australian Financial Review.
When the future of business is at risk. Marc Vogts speaks to Domini Stuart about the importance of boards understanding the risks unique to major projects. View the full article on evolving risk in the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Company Director magazine which is available online.
Turning a good budget into great infrastructure. In the wake of 2017 Federal Budget and the $75 billion infrastructure spend over the next 10 years, Garry Bowditch asks if the government is best to deliver these projects? Will these projects lower input costs for business and living costs for families, lift productivity for capital and labour, open up new markets that together create quality and enduring jobs and places to live? Read the full article in the Australian Financial Review.
The Federal Government unveils $75 billion infrastructure spend. The 2017 Budget includes Sydney's 5.3 billion dollar second airport at Badgerys Creek, Snowy Mountain Scheme 2.0 and rail across Australia. Garry Bowditch speaks to ABC news commenting that the government now need to deliver on this “extraordinary” infrastructure spend in a competent way to ensure that they meet their responsibilities and that these projects help to “reduce the cost of living, enhance new markets and improves productivity”.
We build the future now (subscription required). Australia has spent half a trillion dollars on infrastructure in the past decade. Yet performance is not improving as fast as we are spending, and names like East-West Link or WestConnex are, for different reasons, bywords for controversy. The problems are chiefly political. As Garry Bowditch points out, the frequent argument that infrastructure decisions should simply be depoliticised is not right. This article appeared in the Australian Financial Review.