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Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestr y Senator for Queensland

Ministerial Appointment

14 September 2010 DAFF10/001L

I am honoured to have been selected by the Prime Minister to represent Australians working in the agricultural, fishing and forestry industries.

Labor remains committed to securing the future of our regional and rural communities.

I look forward to working closely with industry representatives to ensure the agricultural, fishing and forestry sectors are well positioned to deal with the economic and international challenges of the future.

In particular I will continue the important work of my colleague, Tony Burke, including:

• promoting agricultural productivity and industry competitiveness; • continuing reforms to ensure Australia has a strong and effective biosecurity system; • pursuing export opportunities and promoting Australian produce both domestically and internationally; and

• ongoing improvements in the forestry sector.

I am very proud of what I was able to achieve as Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister of State. In our first term, Labor took significant strides toward the restoration of integrity and transparency in government.

In particular I facilitated the passage of legislation marking the biggest overhaul of the Freedom of Information Act since its inception; removed barriers that prevent people from voting in elections with vital electoral reforms; chartered a course toward stronger protections for whistleblowers; revised the Privacy Principles to make them applicable to the public and private sectors; and moved to improve the parliamentary entitlements system.

I would like to extend my gratitude to the staff from the agencies and departments within my former portfolios. I know they will work hard to deliver on the Government’s commitment for parliamentary reform and continue to deliver on the Labor Government’s commitment towards accountability in government.

I wish my colleagues, Brendan O’Connor, Gary Gray and Mark Dreyfus, the best of luck in continuing the important work in these portfolios.

Minister Ludwig’s Media Contact: Sarah Cosson 0423 823 843 or (02) 6277 7600

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