Address to The Nationals Federal Conference 2015

Scott Mitchell, Federal Director Acknowledgements: Christine Ferguson, our Federal President and the Federal Executive Warren Truss, our Deputy Prime Minister and your parliamentary colleagues Nationals and friends Make no mistake: The coming election is going to be the toughest we’ve fought – And the most important we’ve fought. Australia is at a crossroads. And regional…

Government releases Delivery Plan to build Inland Rail

THE iconic Inland Rail project – connecting Melbourne to Brisbane with a high performance freight line – moved closer today with the Australian Government releasing the Delivery Plan. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss received the final Report of the Inland Rail Implementation Group from chair John Anderson AO…

A Strong Record

It has been two years since we were given the privilege of forming government by the Australian people. Government is not an end in itself. It is merely the means by which we deliver the things needed to make the lives of all Australians better. And from the record debt and deficit we inherited, it’s…

New safer bridge for Collie River near Burekup

CONSTRUCTION is underway on a new bridge over the Collie River near Burekup, with Watpac Civil Mining awarded the contract on the $16.54 million project. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government would provide $8.27 million to the project under the Bridges Renewal Programme. “The Bridges…

Regional leaders sharpen focus on growth

CANBERRA plays host this week to a two-day national forum to discuss ways of increasing growth and prosperity across Australia’s diverse regions. Opening the annual Regional Development Australia (RDA) Forum today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said RDA committees were at the heart of regional development. “Australia’s strength…

HELPING THE COMMUNITY TACKLE ICE

The fight against ice and illegal drugs can only be effective when the community and law enforcement agencies work together. Information from members of the public is an essential part in helping police and other agencies bust drug manufacture and distribution. To encourage the community fight against the ice epidemic, the Commonwealth Government will make…

Better Henty Highway building a better local economy

A $4 million upgrade of the Henty Highway is already delivering efficiencies for the agriculture and mineral sands mining industries of the Wimmera. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the completion of works between Horsham and Warracknabeal is boosting efficiency for heavy vehicles. “This north-south route is used…

Adding bite to Western Australia’s fight against wild dogs

Farmers in Western Australia (WA) will receive a boost in efforts to combat the scourge of wild dogs, with $1.13 million in additional federal funding allocated to the WA Government. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the funding would help WA producers lessen the significant financial and social burden of wild dogs. “This funding will…

Responsible gun owners win seat at the NFA table

NATIONALS Leader Warren Truss has welcomed the announcement that the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) Review will establish and consult with a new Industry Reference Group to ensure the voices of legitimate firearm users, including farmers and sporting shooters, are heard in the Review. Mr Truss paid tribute to the work of Senators Bridget McKenzie and Nigel Scullion in having…

The Nationals to cost Labor’s carbon taxes

LABOR’S plan to reintroduce the carbon tax and more than double the Renewable Energy Target (RET) by 2030 would have a devastating impact on regional Australia”, Leader of The Nationals and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said today. “If Labor is allowed to proceed with its plan, energy prices will increase massively – making the…