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For those wanting to know why a 'Minister for Cities' matters, here's a link to 23 peak bodies proposing it in 2011

A Federal Minister for Cities & Urban Development to drive the reforms needed to better connect urban built environment policies and programs across all levels of government. A Cities & Urban Development Cabinet Committee of federal ministers whose portfolios involve decisions or activities pertaining to urban centres. A COAG Cities & Urban Development Ministerial Council involving representation by state and territory treasurers and planning ministers, and local government. A Cities & Urban Development NGO Roundtable to ensure business and community groups have a direct voice to government on issues involving our cities. A Department of Cities & Urban Development tasked with developing and co-ordinating policy which involves urban outcomes.

Full article: http://www.gbca.org.au/government-policy.asp?sectionID=52...

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