PM’s pri­or­i­ties

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

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

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