Labor’s successful first meeting of the Urban Policy Dialogue was held at Parliament House in Canberra today.
Urban policy experts from across Australia put forward their vision for a national agenda on cities, including the role Federal Government should play in this area.
Labor is engaged in urban policy and planning to ensure we develop policies that enhance the productivity, sustainability and liveability of our cities.
Cities are home to four in five Australians and produce 80 per cent of Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
By 2060 our population is expected to double and Sydney and Melbourne will be approaching eight million people.
Despite these facts, the Coalition wants to bury its head in the sand and ignore the need for national leadership in urban policy.
I look forward to hosting the next Urban Policy Dialogue and thank members of the Dialogue for taking part in today’s meeting.