15 September 2015

Nationals in talks about future of Coalition

Nationals Party leader and federal infrastructure minister Warren Truss seems unlikely to be shifted from his portfolio.

With prime minister Malcolm Turnbull needing to present a united front to governor general Peter Cosgrove before being sworn in, the process of a ministerial reshuffle has hit a short hiatus.

That passed and a new agreement between the Coalition parties is in place, despite some rumblings amongst conservative ranks.

“I congratulate Malcolm Turnbull on becoming the 29th prime minister of Australia,” Truss says.

“A new Coalition Agreement has been negotiated, which addresses many of the policy issues facing the new government.

The Nationals will work constructively with Malcolm and his Liberal team to ensure regional Australia gets its fair share of government investment and that future policy directions appropriately advance regional people, businesses and communities.

“A close working team is essential to delivering the good government Australia expects from their elected representatives.

“The Nationals will work constructively with Malcolm and his Liberal team to ensure regional Australia gets its fair share of government investment and that future policy directions appropriately advance regional people, businesses and communities.”

Earlier, disquiet in his party on Tony Abbott’s demotion and the attitude of some Liberals spilt into the airwaves with Nationals  senator John ‘Wacka’ Williams just one to state they should not be taken for granted.

The future of assistant infrastructure minister Jamie Briggs, who has injured his leg and was wheel-chaired into a Liberal Party meeting, is less clear.

Briggs’ was the source of some speculation related to the reshuffle Abbott was reported looking at last week.

Briggs has been mentioned as an Abbott supporter.

News Ltd publications say Briggs is likely to stay but not why.

This report has been updated since first appearing.

Extracted in full from ATN.

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