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The Commonwealth's role in infrastructure investment is one of the biggest economic policy issues in Australia currently, and it's not at all clear that it is not being dreadfully mishandled by a government -- and a Parliament -- more focused on placating sectional interests than addressing the national interest.

The Commonwealth has been MIA on infrastructure for several years now, leaving the New South Wales and Victorian governments to lead the way on investment. The government purported to rectify this in the most recent budget with headline investments in inland rail, Badgerys Creek Airport and a "National Rail Fund" but there has been plenty of scepticism, and not just from the opposition.