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The Hon Warren Truss MP
unnecessary red and green tape drives up business
costs, as well as the costs to individuals.
The rst Parliamentary Day dedicated to the
abolition of red tape has already occurred, and
my portfolio is currently advancing a number of
important regulatory reforms in the aviation, maritime
and transport security sectors.
The role of local government
I have spoken at length about the new paradigm
that the Coalition Government is putting in place to
Delivering that infrastructure at the community
level -- where it is often most important -- can only be
done in partnership with local government.
I have a high regard for Australia's councils and
the tough task before them.
Councils do not welcome our decision to freeze
the annual indexation of Financial Assistance Grants
for three years, as their contribution to help get the
nation's budget back on track.
Let me put this decision into perspective.
Funding to local government has not been
reduced -- in fact, this year's funding is $30
million higher than last year's as a result of
Funding has been maintained; only indexation
has been temporarily paused.
In August, the Government announced $2.3
billion of Financial Assistance Grants for local
government to spend entirely on projects and
activities of their choice.
The 2014--15 Budget also contained extra funding
for existing and new programs, which include:
• the expanded $565-million Black Spot and
$248-million Heavy Vehicle programmes
• the new $300-million Bridges Renewal
• the new $1-billion National Stronger Regions
Fund, for which we are currently finalising
Also in August, the Government ensured that the
$2.1-billion Roads to Recovery Programme funding
for local communities across Australia will be
delivered, despite political opposition.
Roads to Recovery money will continue to ow,
and there will be an extra $350 million available
in 2015--16 to double the funding to every council
This brings total funding for the programme to
$2.1 billion over the 2014--15 to 2018--19 period.
We are committed, our strategy is viable, and we
have got down to business as we said we would.
The Hon Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
The Hon Warren Truss MP is the longest-serving leader of any political party in the Federal Parliament,
having become Leader of The Nationals in 2007.
A third-generation farmer from the Kumbia district near Kingaroy in Queensland, Mr Truss rst
won his seat of Wide Bay in 1990. He was a Minister in the Howard Government for 10 years,
serving as Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs in October 1997, and a year later, Minister
for Community Services.
In July 1999, Mr Truss became the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, where he served
for six years. He became Minister for Transport and Regional Services in July 2005, and, in September
2006, Mr Truss was appointed Minister for Trade.
Before entering Parliament, Mr Truss was a Kingaroy Shire Councillor from 1976 to 1990, including
seven years as Mayor. He was Deputy Chairman of the Queensland Grain Handling Authority and a
member of the State Council of the Queensland Graingrowers Association.
Mr Truss is also former State and National President of the Rural Youth Organisation and President
of the Lutheran Youth of Queensland.
At the 2013 Federal Election, Mr Truss led The Nationals to the party's best electoral result in
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