Labor’s curtain call on the North


In a sign of its absolute contempt for the north, the Labor Party in the Senate have again drowned out the final question of the year highlighting the development of Northern Australia.

As Parliament wrapped up for the year in a flurry of activity today, Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald didn’t miss the opportunity for a final shout-out for Northern Australia during Question Time.

But in a disgraceful display of childish behaviour, the Labor Party drowned out the question to attempt to avoid the good news story in the North.

Senator Macdonald asked Senator Scullion, representing the Minister for Northern Australia, about recent developments in research, industry and infrastructure in Northern Australia.

Senator Scullion advised the Senate of the progress made in delivering the commitments outlined in the Northern Australia White Paper to date, which include:

  • The release of draft guidelines for the $5billion Northern Australia Infrastructure (loan) Facility;

  • The announcement of the $75million Co-operative Research Centre and the appointment of Richmond Shire Mayor Cr John Wharton as its interim chair;

  • The release of the eligibility and application guidelines and the $500 million National Water Infrastructure Development Fund;

  • This week’s official Canberra launch of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine in the North. 

    “This is yet another example of the Labor Party’s complete lack of interest in Northern Australia, and the very real progress that is being made by the Coalition Government,” Senator Macdonald said.

    “Instead of using their time in the Parliament to criticise and attack the achievements being made in developing Northern Australia, the Labor Party should instead focus their energies on developing some real policies to help grow and develop our nation’s economy,” Senator Macdonald said.

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