Australia’s metropolitan governance challenge
Posted October 01, 2018
The famed livability of Australia’s major cities is under challenge domestically due to worsening traffic congestion, inadequate public transport services, diminished housing affordability and delayed provision of essential facilities and services in growing suburban communities.
Some commentators attribute this erosion of livability to rapid population growth, noting that Australian cities, notably Melbourne and Sydney, are amongst the fastest growing metropolises in the rich world. Some of these commentators are calling for a cut in Australia’s relatively high intake of international migrants to enable the cities to ‘catch their breath’ and mitigate infrastructure backlogs.
This paper argues that the foregoing narrative represents a misdiagnosis of, and an ill-advised solution to, the growing pains of Australian cities. Rather, the problem lies in systemic governance failure which has impeded the ability of Australian communities to harness the nation’s elite economic standing to provide the facilities and services required by growing cities - SGS Principal and Partner Dr Marcus Spiller.
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