Australia’s vast island geography presents significant infrastructure and service delivery challenges. Well-built, well-serviced and well-connected cities and regions are essential if we are to overcome the tyranny of distance and ensure Australia realises its full potential. Infrastructure matters. Australia needs nation-building national governments to provide the vision, leadership and investment to get things done.
Regional Australians face unique challenges in accessing quality government services and in creating sustainable economic opportunities. Regional Australia requires a coherent framework that is fully integrated with mainstream economic, social and cultural policy, promotes regional prosperity and opportunity, and ensures its contributions are recognized.
Labor builds our nation. Past federal Labor governments had the vision to build the transcontinental railway, the Snowy Hydro Electricity Scheme and massive urban infrastructure that provided running water to many Australian homes for the first time.
Labor has its origins in regional Australia. Labor understands regional communities and historically, has introduced innovative regional development policies and invested in the infrastructure that have allowed regions to prosper.