Statement from Federal Member for Groom
Monday, 27 August 2018
It is a great pleasure to be back in Toowoomba working for the Groom electorate after a tumultuous fortnight in the federal parliament.
To suggest that all Australians believe this to have been an unedifying spectacle in the federal parliament would be an understatement. It is clear that both sides of politics should put an end to episodes of leadership uncertainty.
Under the Hon. Scott Morrison as Prime Minister and the Hon. Michael McCormack as Deputy Prime Minster the federal coalition government is doing just that.
We must focus on the best interests of the 25 million people who call Australia home: their families, their businesses, their jobs, their future. The Morrison Ministerial team is certainly up for that task – they have my total support as we head into the next election.
Much has been speculated upon in terms of my approach to recent weeks. To set the
record absolutely straight I emphasise the following:
I always support the leader of the day – I did that with Malcolm Turnbull to the end and do so now with Scott Morrison.
Unfortunately the end of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership became clear late last week so I therefore supported calls to hold a party room meeting – otherwise commentary would have dragged on for days, weeks and months.
Despite speculation as to how I may have voted in various party room discussions last week, I emphasise that a secret ballot is a secret ballot and accordingly I never reveal how I vote in secret ballots.
Finally, I respect the decisions made by the new Prime Minster regarding my former portfolio and am pleased that it has been spread across three competent colleagues, two National and one Liberal. Each of them will do a sterling job and have my total support from the backbench.
It’s time to get on with the job.