Northern border force proposal boosted

The push to develop the North received another boost on the weekend with the decision of the supreme governing body of the Liberal Party to support calls for the new Australian Border Force to be based in Northern Australia.

Northern-based Senator Ian Macdonald who attended the meeting of the Federal Council of the Liberal Party in Melbourne on the weekend said that the Council adopted a Queensland motion to base elements of the new border force and its training facilities in the North.

"Coming at the same time as the ADC Forum on Northern Development in Townsville, the Liberal Party's decision will help build the momentum for Northern development," he said.

"Immediately the new Australian Border Force was announced last month, I publicly called for the Force to be based in the North.  I am delighted the Federal Council of my party has now thrown its weight behind this proposal," he said.

The formation of the Australian Border Force was announced by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on May 16 and will begin operating in July next year.

"While real development of the North will require private sector investment with goverment facilitation, governments can help with targeted decision on everyday activities of government such as the defence of our borders,” said Senator Macdonald.

"The weekend  focus on the North from conferences in both Townsville and Melbourne can only be good news for our goals for our part of the world," he said.

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