Murray new Labor agricultural minister

29 Oct, 2008 08:46 AM
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COLLIE-Preston MLA Michael “Mick” Murray has been appointed the Opposition’s agriculture spokes-man, promising a new style of approach to Labor’s top job in farming.

“I’m not afraid to take on anyone or anything,” Mr Murray said.

“But if there’s a good idea I am not going to stand in the way of it just for the sake of being in Opposition.

“I am not going to argue against good policy.

“If it’s a good idea then I will use it, but if it has to be challenged then I will do it, as I have done before in the coal industry, because that’s the type of person I am.”

Mr Murray replaces former agriculture minister Kim Chance who will retire as a member for the Agricul-tural Region in May.

Mr Chance said Mr Murray would need time to catch up on some of the details of the main issues such as climate change, wheat marketing and genetically modified (GM) crops. But once Mr Murray had the background and historical details he would do an excellent job, Mr Chance said.

Mr Chance said Mr Murray’s first priority would be the proposed $200 million rail rescue package which promises to make critical improvements to grain transport in WA to avoid road over-use.

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