The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has welcomed the appointment of Barnaby Joyce as Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister and thanked outgoing Minister Michael McCormack.
NHVR Chair, Duncan Gay, said he looked forward to working with Joyce to continue to grow safety, productivity and efficiency across the heavy vehicle industry.
“On behalf of NHVR staff, Chief Executive and the Board, I congratulate Barnaby and welcome him to the role,” said Gay.
“Barnaby has always been a supporter of delivering improved transport and infrastructure outcomes.
“I look forward to working with him to continue to deliver national consistency and reform for the heavy vehicle industry and improved road safety for all road users.”
Gay also thanked outgoing Minister Michael McCormack for his support.
“Michael was a strong advocate for regional communities and I thank him for his ongoing support of the NHVR.
“I have no doubt that he will continue to play a role in championing the importance of heavy vehicle safety well into the future.”
Earlier this week, McCormack lost leadership of the National Party to Joyce.
When McCormack wass asked by mainstream media if he was disappointed by the result of the spill motion he said ‘that’s democracy’ and promptly thanked his colleagues for the privilege of serving them.
Joyce is expected to be sworn in as the new Deputy Prime Minister.
He added the leadership spill was a democratic decision of the party.
“The task going ahead first and foremost is to make ourselves a team that is formidable for the next election,” said Joyce. “This is about first and foremost the people of Australia.”
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison – who is currently in quarantine at The Lodge having returned from the recent 47th G7 summit held in the UK – has welcomed Joyce to the role of Leader of the Nationals and soon to be Deputy Prime Minister.
“I look forward to working closely together to ensure Australia continues its recovery from Covid-19 and the recession it caused,” said Morrison.
Morrison thanked McCormack for his service as Deputy Prime Minister.
“Michael will continue to be an invaluable member of the National Party,” he said. “And a passionate advocate for regional and rural communities.”