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The indicators of, and impact of, regional inequality in Australia

The submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics in relation to its inquiry into the indicators of, and impact of, regional inequality in Australia was prepared by the Law Council. 

The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry include the indicators of, and impact of, regional inequality in Australia, with particular reference to government policies and programs in the following areas:

a)  fiscal policies at federal, state and local government levels;
b)  improved co-ordination of federal, state and local government policies;
c)  regional development policies;
d)  infrastructure;
e)  education;
f)  building human capital;
g)  enhancing local workforce skills;
h)  employment arrangements;
i)  decentralisation policies;
j)  innovation;
k)  manufacturing; and
l)  any other related matters.

The Law Council recommends that the Committee consider including access to legal services in the terms of reference for the Inquiry. The Law Council is concerned about the shortages of local lawyers in rural, regional and remote (RRR) areas of Australia.

You can read the full submission below.

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