Landry pays tribute to outgoing National Party Leader
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has paid tribute from Parliament House in Canberra today to the Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.
Ms Landry is the only female MP to sit with the National Party in the House of Representatives.
This is Ms Landry's statement:
It is with some emotion that I pay tribute to our National Party Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.
The Deputy Prime Minister has announced he will retire from politics at some point this year.
Warren Truss has been a fantastic leader of the National Party and an excellent Deputy Prime Minister of our nation.
He is the noblest, most gracious and honest character within this Parliamentary Chamber. After 25 years in the Australian Parliament, he remains a person of the utmost dignity and integrity.
As a fellow Queenslander he has always had time to listen to the needs of my electorate of Capricornia.
And he has taken the time on many occasions to visit this region including Rockhampton, Mackay, Eton Range, and Yeppoon - to help me to deliver funding for much needed local infrastructure.
Most recently, the Deputy Prime Minister visited Rockhampton to officially open the $170 million stage two Yeppen south project on the Bruce Highway. A total of $136 million for this project was delivered and paid for by our Coalition Government.
He inspected the Yeppoon beach foreshore redevelopment - to which our Coalition Government has delivered $10 million.
And he inspected Eton Range - to which our Coalition Government is delivering $166 million to save lives on the notorious Peak Downs Highway, west of Mackay.
He was also among the first leading figures to visit our region after Cyclone Marcia.
Deputy Prime Minister, I salute you and your contribution to Australia - most importantly to regional and rural people.
It's after all regional and rural people who are the back bone of this nation - producing much of the food, commodities, fibre, energy, minerals and wealth that Australia both consume and exports.