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Regional Australia Institute

The RAI is Australia’s first national, apolitical, independent think tank devoted exclusively to regional issues.

Our job is to conduct research into priority policy areas for regional Australia.

Australia’s regions are currently experiencing massive opportunities for growth and development, particularly in mining, food and telecommunications.

Board members include Professor Sandra Harding, Vice-Chancellor and President of James Cook University and Professor Ngiare Brown, Foundation CEO of the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA).

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Australia’s regions have a more diverse skills base than many believe. Image sourced from

Australia’s competitive landscape and the skills divide

Since his return as prime minister, Kevin Rudd has been firmly focused on ensuring Australia doesn’t falter as it braces for the decline of the mining golden age. National competitiveness has become an…

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