I congratulate my Nationals leader and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce on his re-election.
It is a good result against the odds.
I thank the Nationals members, supporters and volunteers who manned the polling booths and refused to be bullied by the union members and GetUp! who were propping up Tony Windsor’s campaign.
During the campaign Barnaby made a number of exciting funding announcements in a number of New England communities and I look forward to their delivery.
As for the Senate, counting is still continuing and a final result will not be known for some time.
I am hopeful of being re-elected for a final three-year term.
The new Abington Bridge on Thunderbolts Way was officially opened today by the Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay, Senator John Williams and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall.
The $1.45 million bridge has been jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments and Uralla Shire Council.
Mr Gay said Abington Bridge is a great example of what happens when two coalition governments work closely together to deliver results for regional communities.
“The new bridge sees the removal of dog legged bends, eliminating what had been a significant bottleneck for people communing between Uralla, Armidale and Inverell.
“This bridge has also been built stronger to accommodate heavy vehicles ensuring freight and farm machinery movements in and out of the town centres of Uralla, Armidale and Inverell are safe, efficient and timely.”
Tony Windsor should give up any pretence of being an Independent candidate and come clean on his allegiance to Labor according to the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams.
Senator Williams said news reports that Tony Windsor’s campaign team were handing out Labor how-to-vote leaflets confirms what most people in the New England electorate know – he is glued on to Labor.
He said he propped up the Gillard government and stood idly by as the live exports trade was destroyed along with peoples’ lives.
He also supported the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal which was ready to put 35,000 independent truckies out of business before the Coalition government stepped in and put the Tribunal out of business.
The Australian Trucking Association has given the Coalition government top marks in the run-up to the Federal election.
The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams, who drove a truck in the anti-R.S.R.T. rally in Canberra in April, says the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has listed three important issues and judged the political parties response to them
He said on the key issues of abolishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, practical measures to improve road safety and supporting stronger trucking businesses, the Coalition government has been given a perfect report card by the ATA.
Senator Williams said the ATA described the R.S.R.T, which was introduced by Labor with the support of Tony Windsor in 2012, as a disaster for small trucking businesses.
He said the Coalition government abolished the Tribunal earlier this year but Labor has pledged to reintroduce it to appease the Transport Workers Union.