Services suffer as FIFO report ignored

A FIFO and DIDO report commissioned by the Regional Australia Committee has been ignored, Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said.

Mr McCormack said the report, which was compiled from November 2011 and released in February 2013, highlighted 21 key points that needed to be addressed regarding FIFO and DIDO workers.

"One of the main points was that the government needed to increase funding to the Australian Bureau of Statistics to establish a group to develop a method to accurately produce census data for places like Blackwater, Moranbah and Emerald," Mr McCormack said.

"The data at the moment is not an accurate reflection of the population on the ground. In Moranbah, for example, it might say the population is 7000, but in reality it could be 15,000 people at any given time."

Mr McCormack was in the Flynn electorate yesterday and said it was evident something needed to be done to address the issues.

"The health services suffer, the roads and the infrastructure are all suffering because the funding is based on an incorrect population number," he said.

"Flynn, Dawson and Capricornia are left wondering what happened to all the evidence they gave, all the time and effort they put into submissions. It's like a snub to all the good people who gave good evidence.

"We compiled a great report, with really serious problems addressed, and it's probably sitting on a shelf in someone's government office gathering dust."


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