Statement regarding appointment to Shadow Cabinet

Earlier today, the Leader of the Opposition Michael O’Brien offered me a place in his shadow cabinet as the Shadow Minister for rural roads, and Shadow Minister for Ports and Freight.

I have gratefully accepted his offer.

I am deeply honoured Michael has entrusted me to be his spokeswoman on these key issues that are key economic drivers for our state. They are also key economic drivers and issues for my own electorate, which is the largest agricultural production area in the state and the second largest in the country.

That means there is plenty of freight being tasked on our rural roads – which VicRoads own data shows are the worst in the state and their condition is the number one issue raised with me by my constituents.

South West Coast is also home to the Port of Portland, the largest woodchip exporting port in the world.

I already have a deep understanding of the issues and opportunities in these portfolio areas locally and I look forward to learning more about the opportunities and issues other areas of Victoria face.

I will hold the Andrews Government to account in these important areas while continuing the fight for vital funding to fix our rural roads.

I am also looking forward to developing positive policy that will help us move freight from around the state, be it via road, rail or air, to our ports and onto world markets with greater ease and efficiency.

South West Coast will always remain my number one focus and through this opportunity, I will work hard to affect change locally and across the state.

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