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Australian Financial Review

The government has given the crossbench three seats at the talks, set to be shared among teal independents. North Sydney MP and businesswoman Kylea Tink said she would raise workforce planning and care economy capacity.

“I think what’s going to be really interesting is to get a variety of voices into the room to really thrash out what are the opportunities and how do we plan for not just the next three years, but actually the next decade,” she said.

Ms Tink said quality international accreditation for some roles should be recognised in Australia.

“There’s no doubt that there are short-term fixes here, but it will take a longer-term commitment to really re-gear our economy into the future.”

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