On the map, at least for now
APPARENTLY the regions are part of Australia after all. The politicans are starting to smell the coffee, politically, and realising it’s not all wafting out of hip cafes in little alley ways in Melbourne. The federal government has told every government department and its agencies that they have to analyse themselves to see which, if any, part of their business can be taken out of Canberra and into the countryside.
There’s so much to like about the idea, though it’s not without complications.
An indigenous leader has already said how much they would welcome Indigenous Affairs being moved to a place like Cairns. Fancy that – public servants and their bosses actually living among the people they serve.
It should be an active idea at the state level too.
We often see in this Shire how the centralisation of government way down in Brisbane leads to poor decision making – for example, around the issue of crocodile management and the allocation of land for Paws and Claws.
The employment opportunities that go with the decentralisation of the public service are something that regional people have every right to expect.
A big nation like ours needs to be connected and in touch with itself. The nation needs to have the desire and vision to embrace its farthest corners. Without this, we are letting ourselves down, and all those who bequeathed us this land – especially pertinent as we commemorate Anzac Day once gain.
All those country men who went off to the two world wars, and everything since. In 1914 the countryside was populated equally as strongly as the big cities. Now are huddled on the Eastern seaboard.
I like coffee shops too, but as a nation we have to be about more than urban quaintness.