Reshuffle good for Queensland and the North


As a Queenslander I am delighted that Queensland has been recognised with two Cabinet Ministers to replace the Attorney-General Senator Brandis who is retiring.

 As a regional Liberal I am ecstatic with the appointment of John McVeigh, who previously served as a minister in the Queensland Liberal National Party State Government, to the Regional Development, Territories and Local Government portfolio.

 I am also pleased at David Littleproud’s appointment as Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, bringing this crucial portfolio back to Queensland.

 More good news for the regions will come from the promotion of Dan Tehan who will join Cabinet in the role of Minister for Social Services, Angus Taylor who has been appointed to the new portfolio of Law Enforcement and Cyber Security, and Melissa Price who has been elevated to Assistant Minister for the Environment to work on issues as broad as climate change, Landcare and the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.

 As a northern Australian I am really pleased to see Melissa Price take on a role in the ministry.

 On the downside Queensland has lost a very effective and able Minister in the sacking of Keith Pitt. I hope that good sense will prevail and Keith will in the future again be given an opportunity to serve at the Ministerial level.

 I also simply cannot understand the removal of Darren Chester, who I always thought was effective in his role, and who oversaw the implementation of critical Northern Australian infrastructure projects such as the Beef Roads Program, and the Northern Australia Roads Program.

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