Maiden Speech celebrates Durack potential
December 3, 2013
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price has celebrated her first milestone in Australia’s 44th
Parliament, with the delivery of her Maiden Speech in the House yesterday.
Ms Price took this opportunity to reconfirm her commitment to the Durack electorate and promote
the vast untapped opportunities of this great region.
Growing up in regional Western Australia, “I have never lost that belief that people from the bush
really know me and understand me, and, more importantly, that I know and understand them. That
passion for and understanding of people from regional Western Australia will drive me to be a strong
voice for Durack and to champion all that it is and all that it can be,” Ms Price said.
“Durack's future relies upon successful diversification of industry. To achieve this in a region that
encompasses 46 shire councils and stretches from the Midwest and the Wheatbelt through to the
Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley will be no easy feat.
“As a kid from the bush, I know the region has its problems, but I also know its potential. It is my
hope that this current parliament is remembered not only for the economic benefits Durack makes
to Australia's economy but also for the contributions this parliament gives back to the electorate.
“Ensuring that all families have access to affordable child care, supporting small businesses and
making improvements to services such as aged care facilities, telecommunications and road and port
infrastructure is what every day Australians will thank us for.”
Ms Price said big business had invested in this region and had reaped the benefits, but the ordinary
person struggles with a higher-than-average cost of living, and we experience the same social issues
as any other electorate.
“One of the biggest sectors suffering in Duack is the small business sector. What is good for small
business is good for Australia – in particular regional communities,” Ms Price said.
“The Kimberley is one of Australia's hidden treasures, with spectacular gorges and waterfalls, but
our tourism industry is under threat. The beauty of the canary-yellow canola fields and the light
brown, healthy wheat hides the fact that there are still many farmers in the Wheatbelt who are
struggling from previous poor harvests.
“Many cattle producers are still recovering from the effects of Labor's knee-jerk ban on live animal
exports. This has highlighted how vulnerable this part of the industry is with so few markets; the
sooner we can open up more markets, the better.”
Ms Price also highlighted the need to increase post-secondary education options for rural and
regional areas, and to improve our health services, while promoting the need for Government to be
smaller, and more efficient; government departments more accountable, and more productive.
The failure of Labor’s mining tax and its drain on the industry was another key feature of Ms Price’s
Maiden Speech, with its focus also being on the positive impact that the resources industry has had,
particularly at a local level.
“Our regional communities have benefited significantly from this industry in terms of infrastructure
and employment opportunities, with one of the most valuable contributions being to Indigenous
employment,” Ms Price said.
“I am very humbled to have been entrusted by the people of Durack to be their representative. I
intend to work hard so that I may serve them for many years. But no matter what happens I am
determined to leave my mark by making Durack and Australia a better place to live.”
Please see complete Maiden Speech of Melissa Price MP here >