This discussion focuses on how regions are created in political, geographical and in social terms within Australia and whether regions matter and if regional governance is important.
In almost every indicator regional communities are worse off than their city counterparts: domestic violence is higher; suicide rates are higher; computer literacy and usage is lower; unemployment rates are higher; and, incomes are lower.
• Today 66 per cent of people live in cities, a further 20 per cent in inner regional areas.
• At the beginning of last century 37 per cent of the population lived in cities and 54 per cent lived outside cities.
Drew, N. (2003). Australia and its regions - people and place. Paper presented at the National Conference of Parliamentary Public Works and Environment Committees. Perth, WA, 29 June-3 July, 2003.