Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Regional Australia Select Committee; Report
On behalf of the select committee and the chair, Mr Tony Pasin, I present the committee's interim report on regional Australia, together with the minutes of the proceedings.
Report made a parliamentary paper in accordance with standing order 39(e).
by leave—I would like to acknowledge that, on 25 July 2019, the Assistant Minister for Children and Families, the Hon. Michelle Landry MP, asked the committee to inquire into and report on matters affecting regional Australia. The committee has conducted three site inspections and three community roundtable discussions in George Town, Launceston and Hobart in Tasmania. Due to the uncertainty regarding the current coronavirus pandemic, the committee has been unable to consider a fulsome interim report and intends to conduct further public hearings and site inspections when appropriate. The committee also understands that challenges stemming from the 2019-20 bushfires have impacted on the ability of some organisations and individuals to participate in the committee's work. The committee intends to seek an extension of time to report fully. Thank you on behalf of the chair, Mr Tony Pasin.