29 May, 2019

WoolProducers Australia welcomes the new Coalition Cabinet

The peak grower representative body for the Australian wool industry, WoolProducers Australia (WoolProducers) welcomes the newly sworn in Liberal-National Coalition Government.

The new Coalition Cabinet features impressive representatives for rural Australia in key portfolios and WoolProducers congratulates Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack for retaining the Regional Development and Transport Ministry.

WoolProducers President, Ed Storey said, ‘The Deputy Prime Minister has been a strong advocate for those in the bush and we know that he will continue to place issues affecting regional Australians front and centre in the Morrison government.”

“WoolProducers also welcomes the retention of the trade portfolio by Simon Birmingham, Mark Coulton to Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government and Sussan Ley for her appointment to the Environment portfolio.” Mr Storey said.

WoolProducers in particular looks forward to working with Senator Bridget McKenzie in her new role of Minister for Agriculture.

Mr Storey said, “Senator McKenzie has demonstrated a sound understanding of rural and regional issues through her previous Ministerial roles and we look forward to her applying the same knowledge, passion and dedication to the agricultural portfolio.”

WoolProducers would also like to thank David Littleproud for his work as Agriculture Minister.

“Minister Littleproud achieved many things during his tenure in agriculture, including calling the independent review of performance into Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), which delivered 82 recommendations to improve the transparency and operations of the wool RDC.”

“Minister Littleproud also introduced sweeping reforms into the sheep live export trade which was desperately needed to secure the trade. WoolProducers wishes him well in his new portfolio of Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management.” Mr Storey said.

WoolProducers Australia contact:
Jo Hall
0488 554 811
About WoolProducers’ Australia
WPA plays a critical role in working closely with companies and entities funded by woolgrower funds including compulsory levies or fees for service.
Its mission is to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for woolgrowers nationally.
The agency is responsible for appointing a director to each of the Australian Wool Exchange and the Australia Wool Testing Authority, promoting good corporate governance and ensuring that the interests of growers are met.
WPA maintains a working relationship with Australian Wool Innovation as the voice of woolgrower shareholders. It aims to contribute to AWI’s programs for the benefit of growers, promoting responsible use of levy funds and ensuring good corporate governance. WPA is the sole wool industry member of Animal Health Australia, and as such, carries a significant responsibility for decision making on behalf of the industry in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak.
As the only wool grower organisation with membership of the National Farmers’ Federation, WoolProducers is responsible for providing key policy advice on behalf of our members, and other wool growers, to Australia’s peak farm body.
WoolProducers also works closely with the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on key issues such as animal health and welfare, biosecurity, pest management control, natural resource management, drought preparedness, emergency animal disease outbreak preparedness and industry development, including research and trade.