Greens oppose Abbott push for privatisation-by-stealth
15 October 2013
The Australian Greens are opposing moves by the Abbott Government to implement privatisation by stealth through changes to Infrastructure Australia.
The Abbott government is planning to change the governance model for Infrastructure Australia in a move that would open the door to cutting spending on much needed infrastructure, particularly public transport.
Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon told the Australian Financial review that any legislation that came before the Senate seeking to alter the function of Infrastructure Australia would be closely examined.
“We have considerable concern about this,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“What you are seeing is the first stage in pushing the costs of infrastructure onto the states, opening up for more privatisation and going down the discredited public-private-partnership path.
“While some changes proposed by the government would not require legislation, it would mean less money from the federal level, particularly for public transport.
“They are looking for massive savings. The Greens will be very sceptical about the motives behind this; it is not about bringing improved transport options for Australians. The people who benefit from this are the constituents of the Liberal Party, the motorway companies and the big builders,” Senator Rhiannon said.
The Australian Financial Review noted that the Liberal Party ran on a policy of taking funding planned for public transport and allocating it to motorways.
Read the Australian Financial Review story here (May be paywalled) http://www.afr.com/p/australia2-0/infrastructure_australia_shake_up_pdbOx9Ad4Y37J59vlUAwWM