Turnbull turns up heat on Shorten over Adani loan

Original article by Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 2 : 13-Apr-17

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten still opposes granting Adani a concessional loan from the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility to build a rail line associated with its Carmichael coal project. He notes that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull indicated in 2016 that the project would not receive financial support from taxpayers. Resources Minister Matt Canavan has also criticised Labor counterpart Jason Clare for claiming that Adani would have exclusive access to the rail line. Canavan says that several other coal miners would benefit from the rail line.

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ADANI ENTERPRISES LIMITED, ADANI MINING PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, NORTHERN AUSTRALIA INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, HANCOCK PROSPECTING PTY LTD, GVK INDUSTRIES LIMITED, WARATAH COAL PTY LTD, MACMINES AUSTASIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY, CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA

PM’s ticket to deliver fast train

Original article by Sarah Martin
The Australian – Page: 1& 4 : 11-Apr-16

The Australian Government will reveal a new infrastructure and cities policy in the lead-up to the May 2016 Budget. It will propose linking Sydney and Melbourne to regional cities via high-speed rail services, in order to promote population growth in regional areas and curb the growth of capital cities. The Government also wants to eventually develop a Melbourne-Brisbane high-speed rail link. It will also examine alternatives to taxpayer funds for financing infrastructure projects, including so-called "value capture" financing.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Infrastructure financial backing falls by $16b

Original article by Jacob Greber
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 8-Feb-16

The "asset recycling program" that was announced in the Australian Government’s May 2014 Budget was expected to generate $A126.3bn worth of infrastructure investment by the states and the private sector. However, new figures show that this estimate has been scaled back to $A110bn. The Federal Government’s original proposal to invest $A50bn on infrastructure projects has in turn been reduced by $A1.4bn.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY. CRAWFORD SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND GOVERNMENT

PM explores radical road, rail funding

Original article by Jacob Greber
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 12-Oct-15

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has signalled that the Australian Government is open to "innovative" options for funding infrastructure projects. These are believed to include capitalising on rising property values by channelling a proportion of revenue from land taxes into securities that would be sold to investors. The Australian Labor Party recently revealed plans to establish a $A10bn fund to finance infrastructure projects.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, INFRASTRUCTURE AUSTRALIA, CURTIN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, AUSTRALIAN GREENS

State’s letter guaranteed $1.2b

Original article by Lucille Keen, Ben Potter
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 10 : 20-Mar-15

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas says the previous state government signed a letter that was prepared by the Lend Lease-led East West Connect consortium. The letter contains a guarantee to pay more than $A1.2 billion in compensation to the consortium if the project is cancelled. Pallas accused the previous government of being too close to business. The State Government is trying to avoid paying $A1.2 billion in compensation for cancelling the toll-road project

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VICTORIA. DEPT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE, EAST WEST CONNECT PTY LTD, VICTORIA. LINKING MELBOURNE AUTHORITY, LEND LEASE GROUP LIMITED – ASX LLC, CLAYTON UTZ, ECOMOUV SAS

Private sector will lead the way: Birrell

Original article by Annabel Hepworth, Andrew White
The Australian – Page: 6 : 17-Nov-14

The creation of a new global infrastructure hub is one of the key results of the Group of 20 leaders’ summit held in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014. Mark Birrell, chair of the Federal Government’s Infrastructure Australia body, has welcomed the news and pledged his full support for the initiative. Similar comments have come from WestConnex Delivery Authority chair Tony Shepherd and IFM Invest­ors CEO Brett Himbury

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GROUP OF TWENTY (G-20), INFRASTRUCTURE AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES. WESTCONNEX DELIVERY AUTHORITY, IFM INVESTORS PTY LTD, WORLD BANK, BUSINESS 20 (B20)

Infrastructure needed ‘to pick up slack’

Original article by Glenda Korporaal, Annabel Hepworth
The Australian – Page: 17 : 20-Oct-14

An Australian Institute of Company Directors forum has heard from Kevin McCann, chair of investment banking firm Macquarie Group. He said the national economy was likely to remain subdued, and there was an urgent need for major infrastructure projects by governments to provide a stimulus as capital expenditure in sectors other than energy declines. Such an approach has already been promised by the Federal Government, and will be promoted by it at the Group of 20 (G20) leaders’ summit in November 2014

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MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF COMPANY DIRECTORS, GROUP OF TWENTY (G-20), UNITED STATES. FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD, INSURANCE AUSTRALIA GROUP LIMITED – ASX IAG, COCHLEAR LIMITED – ASX COH, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA

Hockey seeks foreign funds for assets

Original article by David Crowe
The Australian – Page: 15 : 6-Oct-14

Staff at US investment banks Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Chase & Company will on 6 and 7 October 2014 hear from Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey. He is keen to attract major investors from the US for planned privatisation moves by state governments. The Federal Government is encouraging them to sell assets so that the funds can be reallocated to new infrastructure. Hockey will also meet with News Corporation executive chair Rupert Murdoch and Federal Reserve Bank of New York president William Dudley

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION, MERRILL LYNCH AND COMPANY INCORPORATED, CITIGROUP INCORPORATED, MORGAN STANLEY AND COMPANY INCORPORATED, JP MORGAN CHASE AND COMPANY, POWERLINK PTY LTD, ENERGEX LIMITED, ERGON ENERGY CORPORATION LIMITED, IFM INVESTORS PTY LTD, HASTINGS FUNDS MANAGEMENT LIMITED, CHINA MERCHANTS GROUP, TAWREED INVESTMENTS LIMITED, GROUP OF TWENTY (G-20), INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND, FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK

Private sector infrastructure push

Original article by Annabel Hepworth
The Australian – Page: 22 : 22-Sep-14

Business supports investment in Australian infrastructure by the private sector. Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO Ian Narev said that bold action was needed on infrastructure. Telstra CEO David Thodey said that asset recycling would benefit Australia. On 21 September 2014, the Group of Twenty (G20) meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors said that more was needed to reach a target of adding two per cent to global economic growth

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COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, GROUP OF TWENTY (G-20), AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, ENERGY AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, FINANCIAL STABILITY BOARD

States under pressure to privatise energy networks

Original article by David Crowe
The Australian – Page: 6 : 19-Sep-14

The Australian Government is pushing ahead with its agenda to encourage the states to invest in infrastructure with the proceeds of asset sales. It will provide the Queensland Government with a $A1bn incentive if the state proceeds with the sale of electric power assets. However, Federal Treasury Joe Hockey says the incentive will not be available indefinitely and other states may receive the payment if Queensland does not act promptly

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, QUEENSLAND. TREASURY, ERGON ENERGY CORPORATION LIMITED, ENERGEX LIMITED, POWERLINK PTY LTD, GROUP OF TWENTY (G-20), INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND