Decentralisation: ‘ideologically driven Canberra bashing’

Three of the federal government’s agricultural research bodies will move out of Canberra as instruments of regional development and to be closer to the industries they support, as proposed last year.

In response, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to complain that the decentralisation, along with other cuts to national cultural institutions, were “ideological driven Canberra bashing” that had to stop. On Friday Barr went into on the attack via the media:

“The Prime Minister should honour his predecessor’s commitment to stop cutting our city.

“Canberra-based national institutions are not a political plaything and I have written to the Prime Minister to remind him of his obligations to the Canberra community.

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