New blood

There’s a new team in Cabinet ready to assist with the ongoing development of the Action Agenda.

At the end of January the Prime Minister announced a refreshed Cabinet. There were a number of changes that impact on the relationships our industry has with Government. The most important of those is the change of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources.

The previous Parliamentary Secretary was Warren Entsch from Cairns. Warren has openly promoted our industry at all levels of Government and seen to the ongoing development of the Restaurant and Catering Industry Action Agenda. He is also a strong advocate of FBT reform—we owe Warren a great debt of gratitude!

Warren has announced that he will not be contesting the next election so that he can spend some more time with his family. His replacement, the Honourable Bob Baldwin MP, has been involved in the Action Agenda through a round table in his electorate and is already well aware of the initiatives that are part of the strategy. He will be a great advocate for our industry. Other appointments that are of importance to the industry are Peter Dutton’s elevation to Assistant Treasurer, Julie Bishop as Minister for Education, Science and Training and Dr Sharman Stone taking on the Workforce Participation Ministry. The Association has already met with a number of these new Ministers to ensure that restaurant issues are on the minds of the new incumbents in the government executive.

Con Castrisos
President, Restaurant & Catering  Australia

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