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Research & Network – The Australia Futures Task Force Report #1, The ARC Research Network

Posted in Policies, Research by Ferne Edwards on December 9th, 2007

As part of the recent State of Australian Cities Conference held in Adelaide, 28-30 November, the ARC Research Network launched The Australia Futures Task Force Report #1, Challenges and Directions for Australia’s Urban and Regional Future. Please find below an excerpt from their press release. The entire report can also be downloaded from their website at

An excerpt from the media release available at

“A report into the future of Australian society is calling on the newly elected Rudd Government to meet the challenges facing the countrys diverse cities and regions.

The Challenges and Directions for Australias Urban and Regional Future: Identifying the Key Issues report is from the Australia Futures Task Force , which is the collective effort of national panel of 18 prominent urban and regional analysts who are members of the Australian Research Council Research Network in Spatially Integrated Social Science (ARCRNSISS).

Led by Bob Stimson, Professor of Geographical Sciences and Planning at the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland, and economist Professor Bill Mitchell from the Centre of Full Employment and Equity at the University of Newcastle, the report sets out a comprehensive listing of the pressing issues confronting people, governments and business across the nations cities, towns and regions.

Professor Stimson said tone of the major findings of the report was what is widely regarded as an ‘infrastructure crisis across Australia.

“The deficiencies have been made worse by years of neglect and inadequate action by state and territory governments and the questionable capacity of the local government sector as currently structured and funded,” Professor Stimson said.”

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