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Memo to our latest cities minister: here’s what needs to be done

Paul Burton writes in The Conversation (15.3.16) about the challenges and priorities facing the federal government’s Cities Minister, as he endeavours to shape planning policies to cater for continuing population growth in Australia’s major cities.

‘When Malcolm Turnbull became prime minister last September and announced there was to be a minister for cities and the built environment, many were pleasantly surprised. The Coalition’s 2013 election platform made the briefest mention of cities and proposed only a program of investment in urban roads and national highways to ease congestion. It seemed then that the traditional antipathy towards urban policy from the conservative side of politics was set to remain.

‘So, Turnbull’s innovation agenda, which included this new focus on cities, was welcomed in many quarters. Perhaps now we would see concerted policy attention given to the places where most of us live, work, study and play.’

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