Truss sworn in as infrastructure minister

Infrastructure sector welcomes Warren Truss as its new minister.

Along with being Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationals, Warren Truss (pictured) was yesterday sworn in as Australia’s new Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Truss, who was a minister for transport in the Howard Government, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1990.

Of his new cabinet, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced: “This is the team that will scrap the carbon tax, end the waste, stop the boats, build the roads of the 21st century and deliver the strong and dynamic economy that we need.”

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) welcomed Truss’s appointment.

“Warren Truss is an experienced and knowledgeable minister who has a very good understanding of the issues facing the freight logistics industry,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC managing director.

“ALC welcomes his appointment and looks forward to working with him on behalf of Australia’s freight logistics industry to improve supply chain efficiency.”

Kilgariff said that Truss’s previous ministerial experience, including in the transport portfolio, meant he was well equipped to move swiftly on implementing the Coalition’s infrastructure and transport policies, many of which ALC supported.

“This includes strengthening the role of Infrastructure Australia and providing it with the resources to ensure it can facilitate greater private sector investment in our critical logistics infrastructure. ALC highlighted this issue as a priority action item in its election priorities publication Time To Deliver.

“ALC also looks forward to the government placing a greater emphasis on ensuring infrastructure projects are subject to rigorous cost benefit analysis to ensure they meet robust economic principles.”

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) said the inclusion of a new Assistant Minister for Infrastructure was an important indicator of the Federal Government’s “strong focus on productivity and investment”.

“The Abbott Government made a strong pitch to voters in terms of infrastructure, so it is very pleasing to see this focus borne out in the formal structure of the ministry, with a cabinet and junior minister reflecting the importance of the sector to the economy,” Brendan Lyon, IPA chief executive, said in a statement.

Lyon said that Truss was widely respected and had used his time in opposition well, “using deep consultations with the sector to deliver a detailed plan to reform Infrastructure Australia and better equip that agency to achieve practical outcomes.”

The appointment of Jamie Briggs to serve as Australia’s first Assistant Minister for Infrastructure was an important recognition of the increased expectations that will rest on the Abbott Government, he added.

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