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The newly appointed Minster for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, is the first step to fulfilling the Prime Minister-elects new focus on infrastructure. But what infrastructure projects has Tony Abbott backed so far?
Many experts have criticised the PM’s policy on the NBN, stating that a fibre to the node option will only leave room formore work and costs later on. Telecommunications expert David Braue stated that prior to the election, the NBN policy didn’t make the cut into the Liberal party’s six key priorities.
Public transport is another major issue with projects in NSW and Victoria being jettisoned by a road oriented transport plan. The East-West Link and the WestConnex are two road priorities that the Prime Minster-elect has prioritised over public transport initiatives.
If the Prime Minister is to earn his title at the Infrastructure PM, experts have discussed the need to integrate all infrastructure options into one multi-modal plan.