Statement on government leadership
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan says today’s Liberal leadership vote has had a destabilising impact on the Federal parliament and the country.
“Good government is very important. This destabilisation is not good government. My electorate is concerned as evidenced by those constituents who have been in touch to make comment,” Ms McGowan said.
“I have been able to get valuable work done with this government. Indi has had confirmation of $235 million for the North East rail line. Other infrastructure and community grants have supported regional and rural centres in my electorate, including the provision of 38 mobile phone towers.
“There is more work to be completed. At a national level, regional policy, including the provision of a regional deal for Indi, is one of the most important areas I am focused on.
“As a member of the Joint Select Committee into Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, I have been listening to submissions from communities around the country as we compile our final report for release in late November.
“A regional higher education strategy and seeing through the North East rail line revitalisation project remain my priorities. The worthwhile work that has been already done on community energy throughout Indi will continue.”