Nats gain ground in Ministry
After a fantastic result on July 2, our hard working Federal Parliamentary team has been rewarded with increased responsibility in the 45th Parliament.
The Prime Minister has announced his new Ministry, which includes several advancements for the NSW Nationals as well as a nod in the direction of Leader Barnaby Joyce and Deputy Leader Fiona Nash, who both keep considerable responsibilities in Cabinet.
Barnaby will have the opportunity to continue his important work for regional Australia as Minister for Agriculture and Water, ensuring the sector will continue to be front and center in the new Government.
Fiona has kept her roles as Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Regional Communications, but adds responsibility as Minister for Local Government and Territories.
After securing a very strong result in a largely redistributed electorate, Member for Riverina Michael McCormack has been promoted with a new role for The Nationals, as Minister for Small Business. Michael’s past as a small business owner will bring first-hand experience to the role that is critically important for regional communities across the country.
Congratulations are also in order to our Mid North Coast members Luke Hartsuyker and David Gillespie. Luke has taken on the position of Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and David will take his first position within the Ministry as Assistant Minister for Rural Health.
In addition, Senator Nigel Scullion will remain as Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Darren Chester will continue as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. Queensland National Keith Pitt has kept his portfolio as Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment while Senator Matthew Canavan has been promoted into Cabinet with the role of Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.
Minister or not, we are very proud of all of our Nationals Federal Parliamentary team and the work they do to make sure regional Australia has the representation it deserves.