I grew up in a small town, deep in the forest of the south-west of Western Australia, when the wine country of Margaret River was still too out of reach for many average Australians, truffles were yet to be found in the hills of Manjimup and everyone’s dad worked logging timber.
Here, politics isn’t high-brow social engineering. It’s about having a job, putting food on your table, a roof over your family’s head and helping your kids do better in life than you did. It’s a long way from Potts Point or Toorak and the opinions of those here are often crowded out when it comes to policy making. But where I’m from is an example of people benefitting from trade, investment and tourism policy decisions that will shape a generation of regional Australians for the better.