This is a proud day for me. I joined this great party 22 years ago, in my electorate, the little town of Stanthorpe.
I believe very much in the values of the National party. This is about hope, this is about vision for our people in regional and rural Australia. This is about now back to business.
The shenanigans are over, it’s time to get back to looking after those people that are facing drought, that have faced up to the fires. It’s time for us to focus on them, not us.
The party has to focus on that.
We will, we have a commitment from everyone in the room, that we have a responsibility as being elected from regional and rural Australia, to stand here to be their hope in Canberra, to be able to articulate clearly their needs and wants and their desires because regional and rural Australia has a great future.
The story of regional and rural Australia and particularly of agriculture is just to have rain. It will rain.
We shouldn’t talk ourselves down. There’s been too much of that.
We’re doing it tough, yes, in some parts but we will through and it’s important we have a policy framework to support our future and those that we have lost over many generations. We’ve lost too many young people out of regional and rural Australia, it’s time to bring them home, time for them to believe in regional Australia and the National party is the party to lead them.