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Infrastructure Planning is Political

K Raynor

Abstract

Infrastructure planning is a political act. Many the political party has risen and fallen on the back of an infrastructure project. The cancellation of Perth’s Freight Link and Melbourne’s East West Link, both undertaken as Labor election promises, are just two examples of the role of community opposition and political cycles in influencing infrastructure decisions. In Sydney, the WestConnex project is beset by dramatic cost and time escalations, staunch community opposition, and accusations of conflicts of interest. At the same time, community trust in government institutions, the media and business has fallen dramatically in Australia. This is partially because the community (often correct..

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