Tue, 24/09/2013 - 15:59 The Conversation
The strength of Australia’s economy depends on how well our cities function – yet right now, it’s as if we’re driving with the handbrake on. Cities are crucial to productivity. When they work well, they offer businesses the chance to bring together the biggest and best pool of available skilled employees. As the Business Council of Australia recently stated in its Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity : “cities play a significant role in supporting economic growth… [they] are very much engines of commerce, science, innovation and progress.” But the reported dismantling of the Major Cities Unit – which provided advice on developing Australia’s 18 biggest cities to the federal government – suggests that the new government may not understand how urgently reform is needed.