A new Coalition agreement struck today between the Liberal and National Party will benefit small business, families and farmers in Capricornia.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said she was confident regional areas of Queensland would benefit as a result of new negotiations with the senior Coalition partner.
“Among other things the Nationals will be taking greater control of some the nation’s water infrastructure and dam responsibilities; we have obtained a guarantee for a new jobs program to address areas of high regional unemployment here; we have obtained a promise to increase the Family Tax Benefit (Part B payments) to stay at home Mums and parents with a child under one; and sought a pledge to continue to roll out measures to improve mobile black spots and television reception in the bush,” Ms Landry said.
Nationals Leader Warren Truss negotiated a new Coalition agreement with new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who was sworn in this afternoon.
“The deal means the Nationals are delivering for Capricornia and will continue to deliver for regional families, businesses and communities,” Ms Landry said.
Ms Landry said another major windfall was the promise for the Federal Government to implement a plan to overcome financial barriers that rural, regional and remote students face when accessing higher education.
“We have also cemented support for our commitment to the Northern Australia and Agriculture White Papers and our Dams Implementation Policy and maintained a policy to refer the same sex marriage question to a plebiscite so that all Australians can rightly vote on it, in our next term.”
Ms Landry said the Nationals had met early today before taking the agreement to Mr Turnbull and would work constructively with the Liberals to ensure regional places like Capricornia gets its fair share of government investment.
“Our aim is to ensure that future Coalition policy directions help regional people, businesses and local communities,” she said.
The new agreement resulted from last night’s Liberal leadership ballot in which Mr Turnbull replaces Tony Abbott as Prime Minister.