NSW Nats remain strong in Ministry
The papers were writing about it weeks ago and yesterday it finally happened.
Though Malcolm Turnbull’s ministerial reshuffle was expected, what wasn’t so clear was the makeup afterwards. Fortunately, our NSW Nationals Federal Parliamentarians track records speak for themselves, with all who held positions returning to the ministry.
Our hardworking Leader, Barnaby Joyce is back as Member for New England and Deputy Prime Minister but this time will be returning with new responsibilities as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. He will oversee the long-awaited construction of the Inland Rail and the rollout of the Government’s $75 billion infrastructure program.
Michael McCormack remains in Ministry as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel as well as Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Centenary of ANZAC and Deputy Leader of the House.
Dr David Gillespie fills the new role of Assistant Minister for Children and Families and will work with the Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan to ensure our future generations will receive the best start in life and our families get the support they need.
Meanwhile, Luke Hartsuyker will move into the role of Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment to work with Minister Steven Ciobo.
Nats in Ministry: Luke Hartsuyker, David Gillespie, Bridget McKenzie, Barnaby Joyce, David Littleproud, Michael McCormack and Damien Drum
The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources gots to Nationals (LNP) Member for Maranoa David Littleproud who has two decades of experience in agribusiness and represents a large swath of regional Queensland.
Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie as our new Deputy Leader joins the Cabinet as Minister for Sport, Rural Health and one of Fiona Nash's former portfolios of Regional Communications.
Other Nationals members promoted include Victorian Member for Murray Damien Drum joining the Ministry as Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, while Nigel Scullion and Matt Canavan as Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia respectively.