Barnaby Joyce has just been announced as Australia’s new Infrastructure and Transport Minister and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has welcomed Mr Joyce to the role.
The Deputy Prime Minister, and National Party stalwart, replaces Darren Chester in the roll following a Turnbull Government reshuffle.
ATA Chair, Geoff Crouch, said Barnaby is the right man for the job.
“Barnaby Joyce has a wealth of experience and understanding of regional Australia, and understands the importance of roads and transport to communities’ right across Australia,”
“Trucking is an enabler of opportunity, allowing businesses to reach domestic and international markets, consumers to purchase goods, farms to sell their produce, and construction materials to enable new developments.”
While Mr Crouch said the new minister will have a lot on his plate.
“The Government has announced a $75 billion infrastructure program, plans for progressing road pricing reform, launching a new national freight and supply chain strategy, and important reviews into safety accreditation schemes, the National Road Safety Strategy, and the National Land Transport Network,”
“It’s a significant to-do list and the ATA looks forward to working with the Government to ensure the views of the trucking industry are well represented.”
Mr Crouch also paid tribute to the work of the outgoing Minister, Darren Chester.
“The trucking industry thanks Darren Chester for his work as Transport Minister and in particular his commitment and passion for road safety.”
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