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Meeting the challenge of change in regional Australia

Chairman's speech

On 9 November 2000, the Chairman Gary Banks delivered a speech to a symposium 'Renaissance of the Regions' organised by the Institute of Public Administration Australia at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Victoria. The speech includes discussion on the findings of the Commission public inquiry 'Impact of Competition Policy Reforms on Rural and Regional Australia', demographic changes in rural Australia, economic and social forces producing the changes, the impact of government policies, and the role of government.

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Contents

Drivers of change not well understood

The right government policies wrongly blamed
Globalisation and the WTO
National competition policy

What role for government?
Labour market flexibility
Infrastructure
Building the skills base
Helping people to adjust
Self help

The reform imperative