A Labor government would ignore regions

LABOR leader Bill Shorten’s failure to outline any meaningful and long-term investments for regional Australia in his budget reply was a slap in the face for rural, regional and remote communities right across the nation. Mr Shorten’s speech barely made mention of our regions or the almost eight million people who live in them.

Our regions deserve more than this city-centric Labor approach.

While the Coalition’s 2017 Budget contains more than 450 individual measures aimed at spreading economic opportunities and benefits more fairly to all corners of our nation, Mr Shorten refused to back many of these initiatives in his Budget reply speech.

It is clearer than ever that a future Labor government would be a recipe for disaster for regional Australia.

The Coalition is delivering record investments to secure health, education, disability services, infrastructure, energy, telecommunications and jobs in our regions – Bill Shorten and Labor only have a plan to hold regional Australia back.

Fiona Nash,

Federal Minister for Regional Development

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