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Leading Rural Group passes no-confidence motion in Penny Wong.

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Media Release The Hon Greg Hunt MP Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water Tuesday, 28 October 2008 Leading Rural Group passes no-confidence motion in Penny Wong A Leading Rural Group today passed a motion of no-confidence in Climate Change and Water Minister Senator Penny Wong over her handling of water policy in Australia. The AgForce South West Queensland meeting held at the Cunnamulla Shire Hall today declared in a unanimous motion that it lacked confidence in Senator Wong’s handling, knowledge of and management of the water portfolio. The meeting called for the Prime Minister to appoint a new Water Minister. Speakers raised concerns that the Minister had shown little interest in visiting or understanding the Darling River, its tributaries and communities. Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Water, Greg Hunt said: “Where I have gone on the Coalition’s Murray-Darling Tour, there has been dismay at Senator Wong’s failure to engage with local communities who both know their land and who will suffer the consequences of her decisions.” “It is time Senator Wong faced the communities upon whose future she is deciding and committed to a re-plumbing of rural Australia rather than just a random buy-out of Australia’s food security.” “There are enormous opportunities for real water savings, for direct and urgent investment in water infrastructure,” Mr Hunt said. Mr Hunt made the comments on Day 2 of the Coalition’s Murray-Darling Tour, during which he is travelling 3000km over 6 days from Toowoomba to the Murray Mouth in South Australia. He was a guest speaker at the AgForce South West Regional Meeting in Cunnamulla earlier today. Media contact: John Deller, Mr Hunt’s Office on 0400 496 596.