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The Hon Warren Truss MP
We believe these sorts of initiatives may assist the
private sector and local governments to make priority
projects a reality.
I want to assure you that we are committed to
speeding up the pace of major infrastructure delivery.
We will have more to say about our nal
commitments on policy measures to leverage greater
private sector investment in infrastructure closer to
the next election.
We need 21st-century solutions if we are to have
a 21st-century infrastructure system.
Too often, when we talk about infrastructure, we
do so in the context of costs. Of course, the costs are
real and have to be addressed, but we forget about the
opportunities that projects may offer. The importance
of better road and rail networks that actually link into
ports to get products to markets -- here or overseas --
in the most ef cient way possible cannot, and must
not, be underestimated.
Those productivity gains are the difference
between winning and losing in the ever-changing
domestic and global marketplace.
So, when I look at infrastructure across Australia,
I see the costs, but I also see the costs of not getting
on with genuine nation-building to take us into the
next 20 years.
Our miners will continue to mine and process
resources for the world. Our farmers will continue
to produce food and bre for an ever-hungrier world.
But they will only be competitive if our infrastructure
system is world-class.
We have to ensure that our infrastructure is
geared to meet those growing demands, and that our
communities can share in that growth.
THE HON WARREN TRUSS MP
Leader of the Nationals, Shadow Minister
for Infrastructure and Transport
Warren Truss is a third-generation farmer from
the Kumbia District near Kingaroy. He entered
Federal Parliament in March 1990 as a National
Party Member representing the electorate of Wide
In 2007, Warren was chosen as the Federal
Parliamentary Leader of The Nationals. He is also
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
Warren was a Minister in the Howard
Coalition Government for 10 years. He was
appointed Minister for Customs and Consumer
Affairs in October 1997, and a year later, Minister
for Community Services. In July 1999, Warren
assumed the position of 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, Warren became Minister for Trade.
Before entering Parliament, Warren was a
Kingaroy Shire Councillor from 1976 to 1990,
including seven years as Chairman. He served as
President of the Burnett District Local Government
Association and as Chairman of the Fraser
Coast--South Burnett Regional Tourism Board.
He was Deputy Chairman of the Queensland
Grain Handling Authority, and a member of the
State Council of the Queensland Graingrowers
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