Infrastructure and PPP’s are contentious issues in Australia attracting greater media attention in recent years. However, intelligent debate is frequently debased by argument that stems from political economy and a preoccupation with the cost of capital rather than the merits of PPP’s and the potential benefits – reduced procurement cost and the positive microeconomic effects of private investment, management and innovation. PPP’s are a means of improving the cost and effectiveness of public procurement and not about the strengths and weaknesses of privatisation. Things have moved on.
"Infrastructure public private partnerships,"
Public Infrastructure Bulletin:
5, Article 7.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/pib/vol1/iss5/7