After 18 months, the results of a Federal Parliament inquiry into the fly-in, fly-out workforce in regional Australia have not been released.
The inquiry by the House of Representatives standing committee into regional Australia looking at the impact of FIFO and drive-in, drive-out workforces began in August 2011.
Australian Medical Association of Western Australia president Richard Choong said there was great disappointment in the medical fraternity about the lack of a report.
“Everyone rushed to get their evidence in and we are still waiting 18 months on,” he said.
“This is approaching farce and if it takes too long to come out, it will be lost in the election campaign.”Dr Choong said the AMAWA would be drafting a letter stating its position for the chairman of the committee, independent member for New England in New South Wales Tony Windsor. Member for O’Connor Tony Crook, also a member of the standing committee confirmed yesterday the report was expected to be released in February. The committee had undertaken numerous meetings with communities and stakeholders all over Australia, including in Kalgoorlie-Boulder to get a better understanding of the impact of FIFO.