Ramsey Welcomes Rural Ministerial Taskforce
Posted on Tuesday, 14 March, 2017
The Chair of the Federal Rural Liberal Caucus Rowan Ramsey MP said he is very
pleased Prime Minister Turnbull has announced the establishment of a Regional
Ministerial Taskforce to address key issues in regional Australia. The taskforce will be chaired by
Prime Minister with senior Cabinet Ministers from across a range of portfolios
relevant to rural Australians.
"Regional Australia has specific needs which are
quite often very different to the city and we need to make sure that cabinet
has the ability to focus on these as a priority,” Mr Ramsey said.
“As chair of
the Rural and Regional Liberal Caucus I invited the Prime Minister to address
our meeting in the first week of Parliament.
meeting, we stressed the importance
of a strong regional focus and many regionally unique issues were discussed.
The announcement now that the PM is responding by the establishment of this taskforce is terrific news.
are responsible for almost three quarters of Australia’s exports, the majority
of Australia’s production of gas and electricity, half the nation’s tourism,
and most of our food and fibre production.
Government needs to recognise the special challenges faced by regional
Australians from employment to accessing health care, running a business,
education and telecommunications.
represents almost all of regional Australia and the importance of
having a senior group of Cabinet covering all of the most relevant portfolios
and chaired by the PM in getting this message through, cannot be overstated."
The Coalition Government has a proud track record of investing in regional
Australia through the Building Better Regions Fund, investment in regional jobs
and infrastructure programmes, telecommunications and appointing a rural health commissioner,
it is important we continue to push for the recognition the regions deserve."
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March 14, 2017