Cotton Australia has welcomed the announcement of the Queensland Government's cabinet line-up, and calls for action on key outstanding issues.
"We welcome the appointment of ministers to portfolios important to agriculture in the state, including Mark Furner as Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, and the return of Anthony Lynham as Minister for the important Natural Resources, Mines and Energy portfolio," says Cotton Australia General Manager, Michael Murray.
"In addition, Mark Bailey has been appointed Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Deputy Premier-elect Jackie Trad has assumed the role of Treasurer, and Leeanne Enoch is the new Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and also Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts."
"Cotton Australia congratulates all the appointees to the Cabinet, and looks forward to working with them to advance issues facing farmers and the agriculture industry."
"With the return of the incumbent party, we trust the Labor Government will be able to hit the ground running and address several outstanding issues that require attention."
"We urge Premier-elect Annastacia Palaszczuk to quickly progress the formation of the Ministerial Council on Agriculture and electricity tariff reform, and address previously flagged concerns regarding buybacks in the Condamine Alluvium within the Murray Darling Basin Plan."
"In addition, we call on the Government to remove stamp duty on agricultural insurance products, progress the harmonisation of regulation for the movement of agricultural vehicles, and jump-start the stalled Local Management Arrangements for the Sunwater Channel Schemes."
Cotton Australia is the peak representative body for Australia’s cotton growing industry.
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