Technology and congestion

Thank you Dean Zabrieszach for the introduction. May I start by expressing my appreciation for the day-to-day work of ITS Australia, and in particular for organising this summit. Each year, the ITS Summit brings together Australian leaders in transport technology to share information, learn from each other and work out opportunities to make our transport…

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Smart Cities through smart planning

Thank you for the opportunity to speak at Smart Cities Conference. I’d like to start by acknowledging Adam Beck, the Executive Director of the Smart Cities Council, Les Walker the Deputy Mayor from the Townsville City Council, as well as dignitaries from the ASEAN Region and New Zealand who have joined us here today. It…

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Relieving Cities’ Growing Pains Panel Discussion

Carolyn Weitzman: Thank you very much for coming. I’m going to be very professorial for the next few minutes. My name’s Carolyn Weitzman, I’m a professor of urban planning at the University of Melbourne and it’s my pleasure and privilege to moderate this session today on relieving cities’ growing pains. I’d like to begin by acknowledging…

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Property Council of Australia Conference

Acknowledgements Thank you Adina Carson and thank you Ken Morrison for your invitation to speak at the PCA’s annual lunch today. I do not need to tell this audience how important the property sector is to Australia’s economy, with more than half of Australia’s wealth held in residential real estate— $7.6 trillion worth — and…

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Planning for Australia’s future population

**Check against delivery** Last week, the Prime Minister, Minister Coleman and I announced our Population Plan. It is an integrated plan to ease the population pressure in our big capital cities while supporting the growth of those smaller cities and regions that want more people. It is a plan to accelerate infrastructure construction to deal…

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Our future infrastructure landscape

It is a pleasure to join you here in Melbourne at the Australian Financial Review National Infrastructure Summit. I am born and bred of this great city.  I grew up in Pakenham, 55 kilometres out from where we are today. When I was a boy, it was a country town of just a few thousand people;…

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Master Builders Australia, Perth WA

Acknowledgements Thank you for the opportunity to speak today at the Master Builders Australia Conference here in Perth. It has been a tough time for many in the construction industry in Western Australia, particularly in residential property construction, and this has had a broader impact on the economy. I want to discuss today how we…

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Investing in Victoria’s Future

Thank you Dr Tony Morton, [President, Public Transport Users Association] for the introduction. Good morning ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to join you for day two of the Victoria Transport Infrastructure Summit. The theme of this summit is of great interest to me, both in my role as Federal Minister for Cities, Urban…

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A plan to better manage our population growth

Thank you for the invitation to speak at your Population Summit. You have an impressive agenda and I look forward to hearing from some of your other panelists. Scott Morrison created the Population portfolio when he first became Prime Minister a little over a year ago. It was recognition that our population settings have a…

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