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Nationals set to continue fight for the regions’ fair share

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14 September 2010

Nationals set to continue fight for the regions’ fair share

Today’s announcement of the new shadow ministry by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has been welcomed by Nationals’ Leader Warren Truss.

“The Nationals’ significant contribution during the last term and during the election campaign has been recognised, as has our key role in advocacy and delivery for regional Australia,” Mr Truss said.

The Nationals will hold four Shadow Cabinet positions: Warren Truss - Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Senator Nigel Scullion - Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Barnaby Joyce - Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local

Government and Water John Cobb - Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Food Security

In the Shadow Ministry:

Luke Hartsuyker - Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Shadow Minister for Youth and Sport

The Nationals have two new frontbenchers:

Darren Chester - Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Regional Transport Senator Fiona Nash as Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Education

Mark Coulton has been appointed Chief Nationals Whip, with Paul Neville continuing as Deputy Nationals Whip. Senator John Williams remains Nationals Whip in the Senate. These roles will be critically important given the finely balanced nature of the new Parliament.

“Every single member of The Nationals’ team lives and works in the regions. All of their portfolios are critical to the well-being and prosperity of regional Australia.

“The Coalition’s approach is in stark contrast to that of Labor, which has yet again appointed a capital city-centric Cabinet.

"Labor has promised the world to the regions but based on its track record of slashing billions of dollars from rural and regional programs, no-one should expect them to be any better this time.

“The Nationals’ in Coalition will hold a fragmented Labor Government to account,” Mr Truss said.