Public-Private Mixes and Partnerships: Some Australian Case Studies

Roger Wettenhall

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    Abstract

    his paper is in a sense a sequel to the one presented at the EROPA General Assembly and Conference in Hanoi in October 2005 (Wettenhall 2005b). As a contribution towards thinking about mechanisms for achieving MDG goals, that paper questioned the widespread current use of the term Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and sought to identify the conditions that are necessary before a mix of public and private efforts and energies can become an effective PPP that provides fair protection for the interests of both public and private "partners". The present paper briefly reviews the argument in the earlier paper, and then describes three Australian public-private mixing arrangements that appear to have been reasonably successful and to have avoided the main problems of the more usual private-funding-of-public-infrastructure contract arrangement. These cases are drawn from the service-delivery fields of railway construction and operation; provision of water, sewerage, electricity and gas services; and road safety promotion. The emphasis is on what makes these cases distinctive, and the paper seeks to answer the question whether they can be considered to be genuine partnerships. If so, it may be that they have model value for wider use.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventEROPA Seminar on Modernising the Civil Service in Alignment with National Development Goals - , Brunei Darussalam
    Duration: 13 Nov 200617 Nov 2006

    Conference

    ConferenceEROPA Seminar on Modernising the Civil Service in Alignment with National Development Goals
    CountryBrunei Darussalam
    Period13/11/0617/11/06

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    Wettenhall, R. (2006). Public-Private Mixes and Partnerships: Some Australian Case Studies. Paper presented at EROPA Seminar on Modernising the Civil Service in Alignment with National Development Goals, Brunei Darussalam.