Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced that Labor would appoint a new minister for cities to improve planning and infrastructure , saying it was about time the 80 per cent of Australians who live in cities "get a look in."

He argued that local and federal governments were currently being blocked by state governments in their effort to reform local infrastructure. ”The minister for national cities will consider all government policy decisions from the perspective of how they relate to cities. Municipal governments usually get it, whereas many of our…