Nationals MP Michael McCormack is the new Nationals leader. Picture: Keri Megelus.
Nationals MP Michael McCormack is the new Nationals leader. Picture: Keri Megelus.

Meet our new Minister for Transport

A MINISTER who supported abolishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal has today been appointed Australia's newest Deputy Prime Minister and the new minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Michael McCormack, the member for Riverina, was voted in as the leader of the Nationals.

He replaced former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who resigned on Friday amid pressure following news of his affair with ex-staffer Vikki Campion.

Deputy Prime Minister McCormack, who was also under fire for contraversial comments on same-sex marriage, said in 2016 he wanted to see the end of the RSRT and for owner-operators - truckies - to get a fair deal.

"The report is a damning indictment of both Labor and the unions," he said.

The trucking industry welcomed Minister McCormack's appointment.

Australian Trucking Association chair Geoff Crouch said the Deputy Prime Minister, who as the former Minister for Small Business, had demonstrated an understanding of the importance of the road transport industry and his appointment was an opportunity to focus the transport agenda on improving safety and boosting productivity.

Australian Logistics Council managing director Michael Kilgariff said he was looking forward to working with the Deputy Prime Minister on the Inland Rail project as well as ensuring the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy addresses the industry priorities set out in the ALC submission into the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.

Victorian Transport Association CEO Peter Anderson congratulated the Deputy Prime Minister and said he looked forward to developing policies and solutions that improve conditions for freight and logistics operators throughout Australia.

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