REGIONAL Australia has changed the rules for the country’s next election, with seats outside capital cities driving the knife-edge poll result and drawing focus away from metro areas.
Analysis of polls show two thirds of the seats that swung to Labor or in doubt were outside capital cities, destroying the Coalition’s winning margin from 2013.
If Malcolm Turnbull is able to form a government the regional electorates of Capricornia, Herbert, Forde are crucial. Regional Australia Institute CEO Jack Archer said those living outside metropolitan areas had sent a strong message.
“Regional areas which have the real economic challenges are where the swings and move away from Labor and the Coalition have occurred,” he said. “Whoever forms government will need to listen to the message being sent by regional Australia.’’
That message aligns with Fair Go for Regional Australia that the Advocate has been running with other ARM and NewsCorp titles.
Regional Capitals Australia chairman Shane Van Styn said while major parties had focused on Western Sydney, regional Australia had become the real battleground.