Regions at a disadvantage and it's a disgrace
WHY should it matter where you are born in this country?
Little Georgia Mylrea and Sophia Milosevic were born within weeks of each other.
But the statistics say one of them has a better chance of living a healthy and wealthy life.
Sophia, born in a privileged Sydney suburb, is the luckier. She has better odds of success in key life outcomes than Georgia Mylrea, of Bundaberg.
There's no reason Georgia Mylrea can't become Prime Minister, or compete at the Olympics.
But if she does, she will have overcome significant barriers.
Our investigations as part of the Fair Go for Regional Australia campaign, which we join today, prove significant underspending in the regions by successive Federal governments.
It's a disgrace. It disadvantages us.
And none of us should put up with it.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will take the country to the polls within months.
Getting a Fair Go for our region will be our priority through the election campaign.
Mr Turnbull and Bill Shorten have questions to answer. Their parties must prove we are a priority.
Our sister papers across Queensland and northern New South Wales - and those of NewsCorp - will fight for the same thing.
Together, we represent the more than six million Australians who don't live in the big cities. Combined we reach 3.3 million readers a month.
Politicians beware: That's a lot of voters.
One in three Australians live in the regions - and they deserve the same access to health care, education, and employment prospects as those in our capital cities.
They're not getting it now, and that has to end.
Living in the bush, or at the beach, should not be a life sentence.
Little Georgia Mylrea deserves better.