LABOR TO ENSURE SMART, SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE (FED)

A Labor Government will toughen assessment of proposed major infrastructure projects by requiring the incorporation of smart infrastructure technology and sustainability measures before projects qualify for Commonwealth funding, announced Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese. Under current arrangements, the independent Infrastructure Australia advises the Commonwealth on major projects in terms of cost-benefits analysis and whether they fit in with existing infrastructure. But a Labor Government will broaden Infrastructure Australia’s role, adding new assessment criteria of smart infrastructure and sustainability to increase value for public money and take genuine action to improve liveability of major cities.