SINCE becoming Prime Minister only two weeks ago, Scott Morrison has had two priorities.
He’s delivered great outcomes on both of them and they have been of tremendous benefit to regional and rural Australia, including North Queensland.
First, Scott Morrison and the Federal Coalition Government have focused on the challenges of the severe drought and committed significant additional funding and resources to support our farmers and their families during this difficult time.
We’ve also seen momentum created following the release of the Federal Coalition Government funded CSIRO report proposing six new dams across Northern Australia, including a large project on the Mitchell River in Far North Queensland.
Second, he flew personally to Indonesia to secure the trade deal agreement, because Scott Morrison and the Federal Coalition Government understand the importance of gaining better access for our farmers to this huge export market.
Industry leaders representing beef, sugar, dairy, fruit and vegetable growers – all important industries in North Queensland – have lined up to welcome the new trade deal with Indonesia and talk up the benefits it will deliver for our farmers.
Along with the hard work the Federal Coalition Government is doing to keep the Trans Pacific Partnership on track and open up even more markets for Australia’s agricultural exports, this work demonstrates real leadership on behalf of farmers.
Sadly, I’m now waiting for Bob Katter and others to start their usual scaremongering and doomsday predictions.
They clearly have no idea about creating new opportunities for our competitive and capable farming families in regional Australia.
— IAN MACDONALD, LNP Senator for Queensland