Boost for regions in drought in new Coalition Agreement

National Party leader Warren Truss in Grafton Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
National Party leader Warren Truss in Grafton Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

GYMPIE'S Wide Bay MP Warren Truss is still National Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister after today's National Party meeting, which followed Malcolm Turnbull's elevation to Prime Minister.

Mr Turnbull has just faced his first parliamentary question time as Prime Minister, after his defeat of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the Liberal Party room last night.

A spokesman for Mr Truss said yesterday Mr Truss and Mr Turnbull had now signed off on a new coalition agreement, which is understood to include more money for water supplies and a shift of water resource responsibility to the Agriculture portfolio, from Environment.

There will also be a significant boost in drought support for farmers and support for regional communities, although the details of that support are still unknown.

The new agreement sees the existing coalition policies on climate change, regional communities and gay marriage maintained, including the policy of having a plebiscite on gay marriage after the next federal election.

Mr Abbott yesterday pledged his support for Mr Abbott, but yesterday quickly adjusted to the new political reality.

Mr Truss remains the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Another strong Abbott supporter, Barnaby Joyce remains Agriculture Minister.

Agricultural industry observers say Mr Joyce will benefit more than he might have expected from the changes, particularly the shift of water responsibilities to his Agriculture portfolio, helping him move on his quest to build more dams and lift agricultural production.

Gympie Times

Topics:  coalition drought editors picks malcolm turnbull prime minister

Drug driving: back pain and sentence negotiations

A flowering cannabis plant. File Photo.

Man in court for using marijuana for pain four days before driving

Hoo8Hoo hitting all the right notes

PERFECT HARMONY: Brothers Tim (left) and Sam Aitken, aka Hoo8Hoo, will be hitting the Gympie stage on Sunday afternoon for the Rush Festival concert.

Brothers Tim and Sam Aitken will be taking to the stage as Hoo8Hoo.

Hartwig questions need for sewerage restructure

Councillor Glen Hartwig.

Letter to the editor: Gympie Cr Glen Hartwig raises more concerns

Local Partners

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Salma Hayek: 'Trump planted story because I turned him down'

Actor Salma Hayek is the latest woman who says U.S presidential nominee Donald Trump acted inappropriately.

Salma Hayek latest woman to accuse Trump of misconduct

Brisbane snake catcher shows who's the Boss

Brisbane snake catcher Julia Baker returns in season two of Snake Boss.

Hit show Snake Boss is back for another season

The Summer that Melted Everything

See what happens when you invite the devil to town

Leonardo DiCaprio nearly drowned while filming

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

Oscar winner almost drowned in Galapagos

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track