Federal funds must be for all to see: MP

CATHY McGowan (MHR, Indi) has called on the Federal Government to be more open about its spending, so rural areas are not left in the dark about how the budget will impact them.

The federal member spoke in parliament on Monday night to raise her concerns about a drop in the quality of health care, education, communications, transport and infrastructure.

“In the past there has been far too little short-term planning for the needs of regional communities and too much short-term thinking and attempted short-term solutions,” she said.

Ms McGowan proposed a website that would publish how much and where government spending is going, identified by each regional location, and provide interactive opportunities for the community to find out more and make inquiries.

“This will be done – this needs to be done – for mainstream service delivery portfolios such as education, health and transport,” she said.

“Tonight I call on the government to rectify this by quantifying, documenting and reporting on the impact of budget measures on rural, regional or remote Australia next year and every year thereafter.”

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