Call for government action on remote Australia

September 12, 2012

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This year’s Banksia Association Lecture at Murdoch University on Tuesday, September 25 will call for a rethink about governing remote Australia.

Australia’s economy and governance has evolved over the past 30 years to now principally cater for the 85 per cent of Australians who live within 50 kilometres of the coast.

Concern about the escalating challenges facing remote Australia sparked the development of RemoteFOCUS, an independent initiative that seeks to change the way governments govern, administer and engage with non-urbanised Australia.

The RemoteFOCUS major report, ‘Fixing the hole in Australia’s Heartland: Making Government work for Remote Australians’ was launched on September 10, 2012 at Parliament House, Canberra.

Convenor of the RemoteFOCUS reference group, The Hon Fred Chaney AO, will discuss the report at the public event at Murdoch University.

“RemoteFOCUS is a three year project of Desert Knowledge Australia, which has investigated the issues and the potential solutions both here and overseas,” said Mr Chaney.

“There are critical issues with governance of remote areas and failure to act will carry an enormous financial, social and cultural cost.”

The Banksia Association maintains the University’s connection with a special group of individuals who have made an impact on Murdoch University during its 37-year history.

Each year the University invites a Banksia Association member of national or international standing to deliver the Banksia Association Lecture on a topic of interest.

The lecture starts at 6pm in the Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre at Murdoch University’s South Street Campus. Tickets are free but booking is essential via rsvp@murdoch.edu.au or 9360 6176. Free parking will be available in Car Park 3.

Media contact: Pepita Smyth
Tel: (08) 9360 1289  |  Mobile: 0417 171 551  |  Email: p.smyth@murdoch.edu.au
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