Just 10 days remain for Territorians to lodge submissions to a Senate inquiry about the benefits of decentralising more government offices and agencies to regional centres.
Helping to launch the new Get out of the City Campaign (getoutofthecity.com.au) which aims to drive submissions from regional Australia to the Senate inquiry, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said this was a vital chance for Territorians to be heard by city-based Labor politicians.
“It is important for Territory communities to have their say before submissions close next Friday (March 10) because this Senate inquiry was initiated to kill off relocating Commonwealth jobs to regional centres,” Senator Scullion said.
“Every public service job in a regional town flows through the community and means more money for the local coffee shop, to the local mechanic, and encourages doctors to move there, schools to grow, and helps to deliver better transport services.
“Regional Australia, including the NT, deserves its fair share of government services and opportunities – and that includes being able to access quality public sector careers without having to move to larger capital cities.
“Today, we ask you to add your voice in support of decentralisation. Regional Australia deserves well-paid, skilled jobs. It deserves Centres of Excellence to be established to create knowledge hubs which continue to attract and grow those jobs.
“Technology and modern communication gives us the opportunity to reshape our vibrant regional communities; more government functions can be delivered from across Australia and no longer have to be centralised in Canberra and other capital cities.”
Senator Scullion said the Labor Party was trying to put a stop to the Coalition’s campaign to move some government departments from the capital cities to the regions.
Senator Scullion called on the community to support:
- The Coalition’s policies to decentralise more government agencies and functions from capital cities to the regions;
- Calls for the Senate inquiry to hold meetings in regional areas to hear firsthand from local communities;
- Regional Australia getting fair access to public service careers;
- Decentralisation of government services as a huge driver of downstream jobs in regional and rural towns;
- Decentralisation as essential to growing a skilled workforce in regional areas for our children and grandchildren as well as for businesses, families and investors.