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In the second of a two-part response to the Australian national urban policy, Kerwin Datu argues for a sense of global ambition for Australia's regional cities and outer suburban centres, and calls for the issues that confront smaller cities to be brought out of the shadows of the megacity.

A national urban policy must set the strategy for the national urban system--the balancing of small, medium and large cities--and offer a 'global city' future for Australia's regional cities and outer suburban centres.

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Australia's socioeconomic peers ... contain several small cities that contribute significantly to economic innovation and productivity, such as Antwerp, Lausanne, Strasbourg, and Aarhus. With some real sense of ambition, Australia's smaller cities could all join these ranks as well.

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