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Capital for Country

January 14, 2016

I have lived in rural Australia for most of my adult life; in country towns including Manjimup, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Newman, Hedland, Broome and Mount Magnet in rural Western Australia.  I have taught English and Literature in country schools and have been helping people in rural towns improve their lives since becoming a lawyer. 

I am disappointed with the lack of resources that country towns receive.  It seems that successive representatives have not been about the interest of the wider nation.  I have seen first-hand the disadvantage people in rural areas of our nation face: disadvantage in jobs markets, legal access, in business and  health.

I do not understand why large pools of resources go to the cities when we must decentralise.  We must allow country towns to diversify, grow and attract new investors. We should be encouraging families to live and raise children and work in country towns.

The APP in policy #7 stands for a commitment to provide Capital for Country.

 

Gabriel Harfouche BA, Dip Ed, M Ed Man (UWA), LLB (Hons), GDLP (ANU)

President

Australian People's Party

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