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Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Page: 480


Senator WHISH-WILSON (Tasmania) (15:36): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 2 standing in my name.

Leave granted.

Senator WHISH-WILSON: I move the motion as amended:

That the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 December 2015:

The future role and contribution of regional capitals to Australia, including:

(a) an assessment of current demographic trends and the changing role of regional capitals;

(b) an analysis of current funding provided to regional capitals;

(c) an analysis of the benefit of additional funding regional capitals could receive based on population, demand for services and their strategic importance for the region, state or country;

(d) investment challenges and opportunities to maintain or grow regional capitals, including infrastructure, community and human services, communications and natural resources;

(e) incentives and policy measures that would support sustainable growth in regional capitals;

(f) the impact the changing environment will have on regional capitals; and

(g) any other related matters.

Question agreed to.