The provision of new infrastructure is a high priority for the Abbott government.
It is a worthy cause. New infrastructure will ensure we remain competitive in the international market. Reducing logistics costs could compensate any decrease in agriculture productivity, which may arise because of climate change. Tackling the infrastructure gap over the next few years will also ensure we are better prepared for the full impact of the ageing population. Public funds to finance infrastructure, or to undertake other typical government roles such as providing social insurance or defence, will be in short supply once this impact takes hold.