Need for strong lead­er­ship

Countryman - - WA FARMERS -

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.

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