Parliament looks to regional Australia

REGIONAL Australia will be the focus of a new select committee launched today.

The Select Committee on Regional Australia will look at the contribution regional Australia makes to the nation’s identity, economy and environment. The effectiveness of existing programs to develop and promote regional centres, cities, towns and districts will also be examined.

Committee Chair, Tony Pasin MP, is looking forward to hearing the success stories from regional Australia.

"Regional Australia is more than just our food bowl," Mr Pasin said.

"Our regions provide enormous opportunities for investment, contribute significantly to our economy and national identity, and provide a quality of life beyond the congestion of our major cities.

"The committee is keen to examine how regional Australia can grow and prosper in a way that benefits everyone."

The committee is accepting submissions to the inquiry until mid-November. These can be made via the committee webpage at


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