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Coalition abandons Australia's cities



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ANDREW GILES MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR SCULLIN

COALITION ABANDONS AUSTRALIA’S CITIES

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Last week in Parliament, the Coalition confirmed they have no plans or agenda for Australia’s cities.

Under sustained questioning, both the Minister and Assistant Minister for Infrastructure, refused or were unable to answer Labor’s questions about the fate of the Urban Policy Forum and the Major Cities Unit.

Andrew Giles MP, Federal Member for Scullin, said, ‘This Government has abandoned any urban policy responsibility, which is a matter of concern for growing communities across Australia.’

Australia is one of the world’s most urbanised countries, with a population set to reach 40 million by 2060.

‘In order to manage this growth, we need a Government that is prepared to show leadership in this area. Cities are everybody’s business,’ said Mr Giles.

Labor has moved to promote the importance of urban policy, and caucus members are working together to share ideas about the full potential of our cities.

Labor is filling the void this government has left, and has already received a positive response from experts as well as from community leaders who wish to brief Labor members about issues affecting all of our cities. We will listen to our experts and give communities a voice.

We recognise that Australia in the 21st century can only realise its opportunities if it engages with the great challenge of ensuring that our cities are as productive, sustainable and liveable as they can be.

FRIDAY, 13 JUNE 2014 MEDIA CONTACT: PAUL FRAYNE 0438 44 1010