The Coalition has announced it will publish findings in 2017 on the progress of major cities in Australia, but this is simply reinventing the wheel.
Instead the Coalition should release the annual State of Australian Cities report.
These reports were produced by the independent Major Cities Unit, which was abolished by the incoming Coalition Government as one of its first actions.
The State of Australian Cities report provides a comprehensive analysis of statistics and trends about the demographic and planning challenges facing Australia’s 20 largest cities.
It was downloaded three million times when published by the former Labor Government, and was heralded as a tremendous success and great resource by industry and policy experts.
They provided the basis for evidenced based policy decision making.
In contrast, the Coalition’s track record on cities policy and research has been dismal.
More than 18 months has passed since there was a State of Australian Cities report.
The 2014 State of Australian Cities report took over a year to produce, eventually being released on the 6th of July 2015, as a 2014-2015 report, and after much pressure from Labor.
Labor knows we need national leadership to ensure the productivity, sustainability and liveability of our cities.