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Rudd must also support other States

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The Hon Julie Bishop, MP Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Deputy Leader of the Opposition Member for Curtin

Rudd must also support other States

Wednesday, 06 April 2011

Foreign Minister Rudd must ensure his efforts at promoting Queensland to more than 70 foreign ambassadors and high commissioners also includes other parts of Australia impacted by recent national disasters.

While the floods and cyclones in Queensland caused enormous hardship, large floods have also hit parts of Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.

Western Australia has also suffered through a summer of severe bushfires that have destroyed dozens of homes and caused millions of dollars in damage.

There have also been changes of government in Western Australia, NSW and Victoria, and it is important that foreign nations are aware that policy changes are being made under the Coalition state governments which will increase opportunities for strengthening international economic links.

It is important for the Foreign Minister of Australia to be mindful of his duty to act equally in the interests of all States and Territories.