In­vest for peo­ple, not projects: re­port

Broome Advertiser - - News - Shane Wright

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment should sink money into in­fra­struc­ture across north­ern Australia that makes peo­ple want to live there rather than “pie-in-the-eye” mega projects, a re­port out last week shows.

Com­piled by the left-lean­ing Australia In­sti­tute, the re­port into the rel­a­tive eco­nomic per­for­mance of the East and West Kim­ber­ley shows lit­tle rel­a­tive dif­fer­ence de­spite the pres­ence of the Ord River project.

The in­sti­tute looked at the eco­nomic per­for­mance of the two re­gions and their em­ploy­ment struc­tures. The Ord, which has had more than $2 bil­lion sunk into it, is in the East.

But de­spite its pres­ence, agri­cul­ture em­ploy­ment ac­counts for just 9 per cent of jobs in the East Kim­ber­ley com­pared to 6 per cent in the West.

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