Throughout this inquiry the committee has heard a wide range of evidence examining issues associated with jobs for the future in regional Australia. It is clear that regional communities are affected disproportionately by the closure of significant employers, particularly where this happens rapidly. Not only do these closures affect workers, but also their families, economic activity within regional areas and social fabric of the communities themselves.
The committee has not, however, been able to reach agreement on a unanimous set of recommendations to guide the way forward for developing and realising the industries that will create jobs for the future in regional Australia. As such, the views and proposed recommendations of committee members are presented separately in additional comments attached to this report.