New Federal Ministers settle into their roles
Deputy Leader of the Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie, and Nationals MP for Maranoa David Littleproud have started 2018 strongly, settling into their new portfolios of Minister for Sport, Rural Health and Regional Communications and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources respectively.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud kicked off the year meeting with Dairy Farmers, Grain Corp and the National Farmers Federation (NFF) just to name a few, in what he hopes will be the start of a long term working relationship with the key industry bodies.
"I've been very keen to hit the ground running and meet the key players, and the NFF was one of the first on my list," he said.
"The NFF is a key voice to government. We had excellent discussions about water, land use and market access. I aim to have open, frank and constructive relationships with all stakeholders and I know the NFF wants this too.”
Deputy Leader of the Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie has joined forces with Minister for Health Greg Hunt to announce a $110 million increase and significant expansion of youth mental health services.
With outback and regional Australia rocked this week by the suicide of 14 year-old Katherine girl Amy “Dolly” Everett after she was subject to intense bullying, the need for youth mental health funding is critical and on the forefront of parents and teachers midns’.
The $110 million in funding will in part go towards Kids Helpline, ReachOut, Suicide CallBack Service and QLife which provide digital mental health services on media platforms frequently used by teenagers. Also befitting from the funding is headspace Youth Mental Health Foundation, Oxygen Youth Health, beyondblue and Emerging Minds to deliver targeted youth services.
For immediate help and support, please access anyone of the above links, or call the below numbers:
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
LifeLine 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Qlife – counselling for LGBTI people 1800 184 527
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
For anti-bullying resources, please visit https://antibullying.nsw.gov.au/