GREATER Melbourne will grow by 1.8 million people between 2011 and 2031, more than any other city in Australia. That makes it vital to plan and deliver the new freeways, railways and other infrastructure that will keep it an efficient, productive and pleasant place to live.
Recently Prime Minister Turnbull appointed me as Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government. This is the first time for some years that there has been a Minister whose title includes specific reference to local government.
Emissions from cars and trucks have a big impact on our environment – about 10 per cent of Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions came from cars and light trucks in 2013.
As we plan Australia’s infrastructure needs for the 21st century, there is much we can learn from the man who gave us the Harbour Bridge, Dr J.J.C. Bradfield. Bradfield had a vision: that this key transport facility would shape a city’s growth, making it a better place to live and work. Today, the Turnbull government is working to deliver another key transport facility, Western Sydney Airport, which will stimulate the growth of Western Sydney for many decades to come.
Speaking after becoming Liberal Party leader last week, Malcolm Turnbull said his government would make decisions in a thoughtful and considered manner — and the culture of his leadership would be consultative and collaborative.
How seriously should we take the complaint of an official of a trade union under investigation by a royal commission that the royal commission was "clearly a political device" with unfair procedures so that "hearsay evidence of the most flimsy nature has been presented to the public as fact"?
The outcomes of the Abbott government's mobile black spot program, announced recently, were well ahead of expectations.