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Decentralisation a weapon in housing affordability battle

Decentralisation can help move quality careers to rural and regional Australia where houses are affordable, Minister for Regional Development and Nationals Deputy Leader Fiona Nash said today.


“Decentralisation can be a weapon in the housing affordability battle,” Minister Nash said.

“Houses are affordable in rural and regional Australia, yet many young city professionals rightly point out there are few careers suitable for them outside the capital cities. Decentralisation can help fix this.


“We can move well-paid government careers to the country, where housing is affordable. This white-collar employment drives many more jobs in retail, restaurants, pubs and coffee shops and can give young professionals an option to get out of the city rat race without hurting their careers. Public service jobs can be a great economic driver for rural and regional areas.


“Rural and regional Australia deserves the benefits of public service careers and government agencies just as much as – if not more than – capital cities.


“Who wants to be stuck in city traffic and spend hours a day commuting, spending little time with your children, when you can live in a great house in the country, drive five minutes to work in the clean air and have dinner with your family?


“Our cities only exist because of rural, regional and remote Australia. The country supplies the city its water, food, electricity and gas. When city people wake up to a great standard of living, they should thank rural, regional and remote Australia for it.


“Labor disagrees, judging by its desperate attempts to drum up criticism of decentralisation in a senate inquiry into the matter and its recent rubbish claim that decentralisation rarely works. Labor needs to explain why it thinks country people don’t deserve the benefits of public service careers like its city electorates do.


“There are countless great examples of decentralisation around Australia and the Nationals aim to create countless more.


“In Traralgon, Victoria, call centres for the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and also Centrelink provide hundreds of good jobs, driving hundreds more flow on jobs.


“In Geelong, the Transport Accident Commission is another great success story.


“The Cotton Research Development Corporation is in Narrabri. The DPI of NSW has benefitted from being in Orange and the town has benefitted too.


“Decentralisation isn’t just about government jobs. In Albury-Wodonga, Mars has long provided hundreds of jobs. SPC is the backbone of the Shepparton economy and Macquarie’s agriculture arm has established two company head offices in Orange and Albury, for its agriculture investment vehicles. Companies typically save money on overheads such as rent by basing employees in the country.


“Decentralisation is a key part of our regional development agenda and I’ll be driving this relentlessly.”


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