MacTier­nan cham­pi­ons more au­ton­omy for north

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The north needs more au­ton­omy and its own de­ci­sion-mak­ers based in the re­gion to drive growth, ac­cord­ing to Perth MHR Alan­nah MacTier­nan.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion asked by City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long about bas­ing an of­fice of north­ern Aus­tralia in Kar­ratha, Ms MacTier­nan said the re­gion should be striv­ing for even more.

“Another of­fice which ul­ti­mately has to go through the bu­reau­cracy in Can­berra is not go­ing to cut the mus­tard,” she said.

“We need a far more ex­ten­sive de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion at a State level, par­tic­u­larly with health, com­mu­nity ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion … to have de­ci­sions made di­rectly from an agency based in the Pil­bara and in the Kim­ber­ley.

“I chal­lenge the fact that (de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion) has to be more ex­pen­sive when in fact you wouldn’t have the same num­ber of peo­ple fly­ing be­tween Can­berra and the north.”

Ms MacTier­nan said the idea of an of­fice of north­ern Aus­tralia was noth­ing new.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Perth MHR Alan­nah MacTier­nan.

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