Time to end the cy­cle

Daily Mercury - - YOUR SAY -

PRIME Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son left the door on de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion ajar dur­ing a visit to our re­gion on Thurs­day but the time has come for both he and his state coun­ter­parts to open that door wide and start walk­ing through it.

Gov­ern­ments have long talked about re­lo­cat­ing gov­ern­ment de­part­ments to re­gional areas but the task has usu­ally be­come too hard.

Any such plan is ben­e­fi­cial on two lev­els for a place like Mackay.

Firstly, it will help in­su­late our re­gion from the boom and bust cy­cle an econ­omy driven by min­ing and agri­cul­ture in­evitably ex­pe­ri­ences.

Se­condly, it would pro­vide work for those peo­ple gov­ern­ments are keen to see move away from the con­gested larger ci­ties into re­gional areas.

As this re­gion con­tin­ues to get back on its feet, se­cur­ing a large gov­ern­ment depart­ment to sta­bilise em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and the econ­omy would be the best thing our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives could do.

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