Decentralisation Motion

Decentralisation Motion

 

MEMBER FOR CANBERRA: I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that this House:

(1)     Notes that:

  1. Canberra was established to be the Commonwealth seat of government, administration and policy support;

  2. More than 60 per cent of the Australian Public Service is located outside Canberra, serving the needs of communities around Australia;

  3. The proposed relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority from Canberra to Armidale demonstrates the adverse impact of ad hoc government decentralisation decisions on the Canberra community and economy and effective and efficient governance; and

    (2)     Calls on the Australian Government to:

  1. Commit to a cost-benefit analysis of its proposed decentralisation strategy and make the outcome of that analysis available to the public;

  2. Agree that decisions regarding decentralisation should only be made subject to an open and transparent public consultation process and take into account the outcome of a cost-benefit analysis;

  3. Agree that any decentralisation of government agencies is based on a demonstrated net benefit to the nation– and not at the expense of the Canberra community and economy and effective and efficient governance;

  4.  Protect the Sir Robert Menzies’ vision of Canberra as the Commonwealth seat of government, administration and policy support and a “worthy capital” that Australians can admire and respect.

     

     

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