2 August, 2022
Committee axing riles Senator
SENATOR Susan McDonald has accused the new Albanese Government of abandoning Northern Australia after a decision was made to axe the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia when Parliament resumed last week.
Shadow Minister for Northern Australia, Senator McDonald, labelled the move as “short-changing Australia’s future”, saying Labor had shown its true colours by not supporting the north.
She said the Coalition had always had a strong track record of supporting the regions, including streamlining the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, revamping the Northern Australia Indigenous Reference Group, identifying Corridors of Growth and the Northern Australia Master Plan.
Senator McDonald is calling for the committee to be reinstated.
“I am calling for the re-establishment of the Committee to ensure that the North remains an important productive region of our country,” she said