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Why Australia Needs
High Speed Rail

  • Australia's population is projected to double to 46 million by 2075, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

  • Despite having the world’s sixth largest land mass, Australia’s settlement patterns are highly urbanised, with over 86% of residents living in large cities.

  • 51% of Australia’s population is contained in 4 capital cities - Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne - and 76% of Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is generated in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT.

  • Large expanses of resource-rich but sparsely populated, under-developed regional areas separate our capital cities.

  • The pattern of increasingly congested and expensive urban centres disconnected from under-developed regional areas is unsustainable.

  • An east coast settlement strategy enabled by high speed and fast train networks connecting cities and regions will balance population growth, increase productivity and improve our quality of life.

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