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Industry commission to advice government on regional development

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BRUCE SCOTT M.H.R. Federal Member for Maranoa Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development Shadow Minister Assisting the Shadow Minister for

Primary Industry



Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Bruce Scott, has applauded the establishment of an industry Commission Inquiry into impediments to regional industry adjustment and has encouraged interested parties to make

submissions to the Commission.

"The Federal Government needs to be told how to attract industry and labour to our less densely populated centres," Mr Scott said.

He said that the ageing population of regional and rural communities and the alarming drift to the cities spelt the extinction of many remote townships throughout Australia.

Issues likely to be central to the Commission's inquiry are factors determining where industries are prone to locate.

"Such factors include the availability of a stable labour force, cost involved in moving capital and equipment, the efficiency of the transportation network, procedures for gaining approval for new projects and government taxes and


"These are all areas the National and Liberal parties have addressed and propose to reform dramatically," Mr Scott said.

"The Coalition offers industry greater opportunity to establish in regional areas through the introduction of more flexible wage setting arrangements,

"The Government's centralised wage fixation system does not take into account the special circumstances of many regional and rural communities including more affordable land prices, cheaper rents, less travel time to work and an improved quality of life*

"These advantages can equate to considerable savings to the employee and should be allowed to be reflected within employment contracts.



"In this manner an Entire potential work force which under the government's wage setting arrangements saw no advantage in moving from over-crowded capital cities may be able to secure long term employment in country areas," Mr Scott said.

"A Coalition Government would reform Labor's crippling capital gains tax which prohibits industry expanding or relocating into regional areas.

"We offer full relief from capital gains tax on the roll over of a business into a like business where the disposal price does not exceed $5 million.

"Furthermore, there will be significant relief from capital gains tax on the sale of goodwill," he said.

"Transport costs represent perhaps the greatest barrier to regional development.

"We will abolish the Government's fuel tax, wholesale sales tax and payroll tax saving the road transport industry $1.14 billion," Mr Scott said.

He said that a National and Liberal Government would

streamline approval processes for resource projects, including mining development.

"Development applications will be received by the Department of Sustainable development and assessed within a specified time frame ensuring developers are able to work to a specific timetable rather than having to endure an indefinite waiting

period as they do now.

"A whole string of government taxes and charges severely impeding regional development will be abolished by a Coalition Government.

"The Labor Government will not be told by the National and Liberal parties how to proceed with regional development, however, they may heed the advice of the Industry Commission," Mr Scott said.

The Industry commission is currently accepting submissions and will hand down its final report In December 1333.

CONTACT BRUCE SCOTT - 076 623 822 or 076 622715