There's been a long and chequered history of decentralisation in Australia—indeed it goes back at least as far as 50 years, with Gough Whitlam campaigning on the issue back in 1966.

The push to move our workforces out of the cities and to the bush continues today, with Deputy Leader Barnaby Joyce announcing plans during the July election to relocate the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority from Canberra to Armidale in northern NSW, which is in his electorate. The trouble is - no one wants to go.

So is decentralisation worth the effort and cost?

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