Apr 26, 2017

Coalition reinvents the wheel on Cities

The Coalition’s announcement today of a National Cities Performance Framework is simply a reinvention of the State of Australian Cities report years after it was abandoned by the same Coalition Government.

The annual State of Australian Cities report was established by the former Labor Government.

It produced a comprehensive analysis of statistics and trends about the demographic and planning challenges facing major Australian cities.

After three years of obfuscation about the future of the State of Australian Cities report, answers provided at Senate Estimates this year revealed the Coalition was dumping it.

This is despite the fact that the report was downloaded three million times when published by the former Labor Government and considered to be a tremendous success and great resource by industry and policy experts.

But instead of building on the success of previous reports, the Coalition first abandoned this evidence-based decision making before deciding to reinvent it.

This follows a string of poor policy decisions relating to our cities.

Upon its election the Coalition abolished the Major Cities Unit, disbanded the Urban Policy Forum, marginalised Infrastructure Australia and failed to initiate a single new public transport project.