I welcome the addition of Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs to my portfolio responsibilities.

The recent Budget was a clear signal that the Coalition has come to take rural and regional Australia for granted.  It was a Budget full of broken promises and hits on country Australia.

Labor will defend and protect those who live outside our capital cities.

I look forward to working with Julie Collins (Regional Development), Gary Gray (Resources & Northern Australia), Stephen Jones (Regional Health) and members of the new Country Caucus to promote and protect the economic and social wellbeing of our great regions.

We put Coalition Members in rural and regional seats on notice - we are determined to expose your failure to properly represent the interests of your constituents.

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