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Monday, 30 May 1994
Page: 848


Senator SPINDLER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes the findings of Senator Spindler's recent program of visits to 12 rural regions in Victoria:

    (i)that the recession has had far greater impact on these regions than it has had in metropolitan areas, in particular, youth unemployment rates of 50 per cent or more continue in some regional areas,

    (ii)that there is frustration in regional Victoria that the Government has failed to do anything about the disadvantages faced by regional Australia in the 1994-95 Budget or the White Paper on employment and growth, namely:

      (A)higher petrol prices,

      (B)poor access to educational services,

      (C)cut-backs in rail and health services,

      (D)poor access to, and higher costs of, communication services,

      (E)inadequate assistance in the development of export markets,

      (F)bureaucratic hurdles in offering communications, education and adequate transport services, and

      (G)high costs of packaging materials for food products;

  (b)deplores the lack of commitment shown by the Government to regional Australia; and

  (c)calls on National Party Members of Parliament and Senators to speak out against the economic rationalist policies of their Coalition partners and the Government, and to support action to assist people in regional Australia.