Need for strong leadership
In the wake of the “Citizenship seven” saga, which resulted in Barnaby Joyce being removed from his portfolio and his position as deputy prime minister, along with four other parliamentarians, WAFarmers wishes to reaffirm its intention to continue to work co-operatively with the Federal Government on issues important to its members.
Having been brought up on a farm in New South Wales and worked within the industry before entering politics, Mr Joyce has been a staunch advocate for the industry throughout his tenure as Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.
His additional position as deputy prime minister also ensured that the interests of agricultural communities across Australia entered and remained in the political dialogue.
The disqualification of Fiona Nash from the positions of deputy leader of the National Party of Australia, the Federal Minister for Regional Development and the Federal Minister for Regional Communications is also a blow for industry.
Given the need for strong leadership within agriculture, an industry that was recently acknowledged as Australia’s fastest-growing sector, WAFarmers hopes those appointed to these portfolios will continue to recognise and capitalise on these growth opportunities for the benefit of rural and regional communities.
Until that time, WAFarmers will work collaboratively with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as he assumes the position of Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, in addition to the other interim ministers of relevance.