House debates

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Questions without Notice

Regional Australia

3:54 pm

Photo of Richard MarlesRichard Marles (Corio, Australian Labor Party, Minister for Defence) Share this | Hansard source

A little shameless! In doing so, I acknowledge his advocacy on behalf of his electorate but, more significantly, on behalf of regional Australia. It's really important that that is done, because the story of our nation is not just written in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. It is written in places like Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Newcastle and, indeed, in Geelong. As an inhabitant of regional Australia, I understand how important it is that we do everything we can to provide opportunities for people to make their lives and to raise their families in regional Australia, and that's at the heart of what you are describing in your question.

There are huge opportunities which the honourable member is describing in terms of his own electorate where that development can occur. I say to him, on behalf of the Albanese government: regional Australia is front and centre in how we see the development of our nation. We will continue to engage with him on this.

As to the question of the budget, you'll have to wait until the second Tuesday in May and the words of the Treasurer for what is, ultimately, committed there. I can say that the Treasurer, the Prime Minister and I will continue to work with you to make sure we are delivering the development and the benefits in regional Australia that you are such a keen advocate for.


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