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Critical foundations: Australia's infrastructure and national resilience

By Anthony Bergin

This paper argues that neglecting the critical foundations that have made Australian society prosperous  isn’t a sound investment in national security resilience. A stronger strategic framework for business to work with governments on delivering such projects is needed.

Business needs a clear understanding of what projects will emerge over the next five to ten years in order to focus its resources.

We need to develop clear ways in which a project’s benefits can be expressed so the community can understand what’s proposed and measure progress.  And the cost benefit analysis has to include social benefits as well as economic benefits.

Crumbling infrastructure, whether it be clogged ports or congested roads, will imperil our safety and security, quality of life, and economic competitiveness.