At Senate Estimates today the Secretary of the Treasury John Fraser, announced a new focus on regional Australia with the formation of a new Structural Reform Group within Treasury with one of its tasks to be regional development.
"I was delighted when the Secretary indicated his concern that most new Treasury Graduates were from capital cities,” Senator Macdonald said.
“I’m passionate about these issues, about regional Australia,” Mr Fraser told the Estimates Committee.
“We talked about changing our recruitment strategies for graduates, because it was extraordinary to see that the graduates we take in are all coming from the capital cities – less than five people came from regional areas.”
“The key point will be to let people know in these regional universities that there is a career option with Treasury.”
Senator Macdonald said he congratulated Mr Fraser on his vision, and was delighted to learn that one of Mr Fraser’s nephews had recently graduated from JCU.
“I even suggested to the Secretary he should take advice on this from the Minister at the table, Finance Minister Cormann, one of whose senior staff is a JCU graduate,” Senator Macdonald said.
Mr Fraser said the Structural Reform Group would be looking at a whole range of issues relating to rural and regional areas.
“We’re going to look at the whole ambit of issues about rural Australia, because it’s wrapped up in affordable housing, it’s wrapped up in infrastructure, and it’s wrapped up with spatial growth with population and migration.”