Federal election: Jason Modica goes to bat for regions office

INDEPENDENT Mallee candidate Jason Modica has criticised The Nationals for not throwing the party’s support behind an Office for Regional Australia.

Member for Indi Cathy McGowan last month introduced a Bill to establish a ­regionally focused body modelled on the Productivity Commission.

Ms McGowan, an independent, expressed frustration at the current system of “ad hoc competitive grants”.

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