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Former foes team up to get CBD workers living in the country

Two former political foes are working together in a push to make regional Victoria more attractive to city workers.

Former Labor Premier Steve Brack and former Nationals Deputy Premier Pat McNamara are teaming up as part of an RMIT initiative called Balance Victoria.

Mr Bracks told Ross and John fast rail was a key to true decentralisation.

He conceded the big ideas were “20- to 30-year” prospects, but said the benefits would be big.

“If you can live in a Ballarat or Bendigo or Geelong or Seymour and get into Melbourne quickly, then you can bring your incomes … into those regions, and it’s going to be of enormous value,” he said.

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