May 19, 2008

Membership of Infrastructure Australia

Membership of Infrastructure Australia

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 19 2008

Today I’m announcing the eleven members of Infrastructure Australia – the new national body tasked with developing a blueprint for fixing and modernising the nation’s transport, water, energy and communications infrastructure.

I am very pleased the following group of highly distinguished Australians have agreed to serve as inaugural members of Infrastructure Australia:

· Sir Rod Eddington – Chair

· Mr Terry Moran AO

· Dr Ken Henry AC

· Mr Jim Hallion

· Mr Anthony Kannis

· Dr Kerry Schott

· Professor Peter Newman

· The Hon Mark Birrell

· Mr Phil Hennessy

· Ms Heather Ridout

· Mr Ross Rolfe

· Mr Garry Weaven

Under the leadership of Sir Rod Eddington, this group has the capacity to cut through and identify the critical issues as well as the proven abilities to find innovative solutions to the infrastructure challenges Australia faces.

The intellectual calibre and diverse experiences of these individuals underlines the important role Infrastructure Australia will play in our fresh approach to national economic management.

The Rudd Labor Government is serious about bringing national leadership and new thinking to the planning, financing and building of economic infrastructure.

The twelve member advisory council’s immediate responsibilities are:

Completing an audit of nationally significant infrastructure by the end of 2007;

Developing an Infrastructure Priority List to guide billions of dollars of public and private investment; and

Advising on the removal of disincentives to greater private investment in public infrastructure, including the complexity and cost of public-private partnerships.

Ultimately, the work and advice of Infrastructure Australia will inform the Government’s allocations from the soon-to-be-established $20 billion Building Australia Fund.

Today’s announcement underscores just how serious we are about bringing in expertise from outside of government who want to contribute their energies to making our nation what it can be.

 

Infrastructure Australian Advisory Council Membership
 Sir Rod Eddington  Non-executive Chairman (Australia & New Zealand) of JPMorgan

Non-executive roles with News Corporation, Rio Tinto plc, Allco Finance Group Limited, CLP (China Light & Power) Holdings, and John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd.

Chairman of Victorian Major Events Company.

 

Mr Terry Moran

Terry Moran AO is the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

He has previously been the head of Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet, Chief Executive of the Victorian State Training Board and the Australian National Training Authority, and Director-General of education in Queensland.

 Mr Ken Henry

Secretary to the Treasury.

He is an ex-officio member of the Board of Taxation, member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Alternate Governor (for Australia) of the International Monetary Fund and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management.

 Dr Kerry Schott

Managing Director and CEO of Sydney Water.

Kerry was previously Deputy Secretary of New South Wales Treasury; an investment banker working in the infrastructure area; including roles as Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Executive Vice President at Bankers Trust Australia.

She has also worked as an economic policy adviser at the Reserve Bank of Australia and for the Commonwealth Government.

 Mr Jim Hallion

Chief Executive of the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure.

He has facilitated the Adelaide-Darwin Railway and SeaGas pipeline and leads the design, approval and construction of major infrastructure projects for South Australia.

A Fellow of the Institute of Engineers and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia

 Mr Anthony Kannis

Executive Director of Western Australian Treasury.

Has held a number of senior positions across the Department where he provided advice on financial strategy, budgeting and infrastructure planning.

Held primary responsibility for the development of the Western Australian public sector capital works program since 1997 and has extensive experience in prioritisation processes utilised by the State Government.

He is the senior officer responsible for the preparation of the Government’s first State Infrastructure Strategy.

  Professor Peter Newman

Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Sustainability Policy Institute of Curtin University.

Directed the production of WA’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet – the first state sustainability strategy in the world.

 Mr Phil Hennessy

Mr Phil Hennessy is Queensland Chairman of KPMG and practices in the area of corporate reconstruction.

Experience across a wide range of market sectors and has undertaken numerous insolvency related assignments and viability reviews for lenders, creditors and other stakeholders and has been involved in most of Queensland’s largest and high profile insolvencies.

Chair of the Government Owned Corporation, SunWater, Queensland President of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Chair of the Mater Hospital Foundation, Director of Western Corridor Recycled Water Pty Ltd and Chair of the Premier of Queensland Export Awards Committee.

  Ms Heather Ridout

Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group.

Active in developing Ai Group’s public policy in relation to economic, industry, innovation, education and training.

  Mr Ross Rolfe Senior Executive, Infrastructure, Babcock & Brown Formally Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet since 2005, oversaw the south-east Queensland water grid, Queensland Government’s health action plan, Cyclone Larry response, and forming future policy.
 Mr Garry Weaven

Chair of Industry Funds Management Director of Members Equity Bank (owned by 40 superannuation funds) and of Pacific Hydro (world leader in renewable energy).

Board Member of VicUrban, the Victorian Government’s residential and urban renewal development agency, and was a foundation board member of Melbourne’s Docklands Authority.

 Recently appointed to the Federal Government’s Superannuation Advisory Committee.

 The Hon Mark Birrell

Chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

Deputy Chairman of the Board of Australia Post. Chairman of Evans & Peck Pty Ltd.

Special Counsel at Minter Ellison Lawyers and national leader of its infrastructure industry team.

 Previously a Cabinet Minister and Government Upper House Leader in Victoria.