The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has congratulated all newly sworn in Ministers appointed to the new 18-member State Cabinet and says it’s eager to get moving on working with them.
President Stuart Armitage says there’s seven key portfolios that QFF will target during the next term in an effort to form constructive partnerships over the next term to deliver a thriving and vibrant agriculture sector in the interest of farmers, regional communities and the state:
• Dr Anthony Lynham – Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
• Mark Furner – Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
• Leeanne Enoch – Minister for Environment & the Great Barrier Reef, Science and the Arts
• Mark Bailey – Minister for Transport and Main Roads
• Shannon Fentiman – Minister for Employment & Small Business, Training & Skills Development
• Stirling Hinchliffe – Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
• Jackie Trad – Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
Mr Armitage says it has to now be about furthering Queensland’s $20 billion agricultural sector.
“It is essential that an effective and influential Agricultural Ministerial Advisory Council (AgMac) is quickly established. We must be able to get relevant ministers around an objective, solutions-focused table to appropriately deal with the multi-dimensional and cross-portfolio issues that modern agriculture faces.”
“It is also important that the returned government quickly picks up and progresses issues such as electricity tariff reforms, a Solar Planning Guideline (and Code) and general planning reforms, bulk water pricing, Condamine Alluvium groundwater buybacks, Local Management Arrangements, the statewide water measurement and compliance audit, and removing stamp duty on agricultural insurance, that were put on hold when the election was called.”
“Our sector needs a stable, consistent government that can deliver a clear and well-articulated vision. QFF is ready to work constructively with the new Ministry to help realise this and will judge each member on the merits of their commitment and results for our sector, not on their postcode.”