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Monday, 15 September 2008
Page: 7459

Debate resumed, on motion by Mr Ripoll:

That the House:

(1)   notes that:

(a)   infrastructure planning provides the platform for regional economic growth;

(b)   the rapid growth in many regional centres has placed the nation’s infrastructure network under significant pressure;

(c)   the changing social and demographic environment in major regional centres presents significant economic and development challenges; and

(d)   the past 12 years have been a missed opportunity for the nation to invest in the future beyond the current mining boom; and

(2)   supports the Government’s:

(a)   agenda of creating a stronger and more participatory regional development structure through the establishment of Infrastructure Australia, Regional Development Australia and the Major Cities Unit; and

(b)   commitment to regional development and the delivery of regionally significant infrastructure.