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Labor leader Anthony Albanese is calling for a dramatic boost to infrastructure, education and manufacturing to help regional Australia recover from an economic slump he is calling the "Morrison recession".
Mr Albanese will dismiss Prime Minister Scott Morrison as "all talk and no walk" on creating jobs outside the big cities, while promising a Labor plan at the next election to revive the regions.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will call for a rethink of how Australians approach working from the regions after the pandemic.CREDIT:ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN
The regional policy statement promises greater infrastructure spending, more regional manufacturing and more support for regional universities, technical colleges and schools.
"Our nation is in the Morrison recession," Mr Albanese says in a draft of the speech, to be delivered in the NSW north coast city of Coffs Harbour on Wednesday morning.
"But living through the struggle of coronavirus has taught us some valuable lessons.
"We have learnt that many Australians can be just as productive working from their homes as they are in large offices in central business districts.
"Businesses have glimpsed the potential to reduce their overheads with more remote work. The pandemic has also opened the eyes of Australians and businesses to the possible benefits of relocating to the regions."
One of a series of vision statements, the speech links the lower economic growth in the regions with the trend towards casual work and the decline of manufacturing.
"We entered the Morrison recession with a labour market characterised by insecure work," Mr Albanese says.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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