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Dowerin Field Day

I would like to talk today about the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Day, which I attended last week. Held over two days, the Dowerin Field Days are recognised as being one of the three largest agricultural machinery events in the country. The WA Liberal team was out in full force, and I was joined by—and would like to thank—my colleagues Christian Porter, Linda Reynolds, Dean Smith and Slade Brockman for attending. Many of my state colleagues were also in attendance, including but not limited to, Mike Nahan, leader of the state opposition, Ian Blaney, Ken Baston and Jim Chown. I'd also like to acknowledge Andrea Selvey, who is the CEO of the Dowerin shire. Her detailed knowledge and anecdotes added an extra dimension to the trip and I'd like to thank her for her hospitality. Thanks very much to Andrea.

I'm very happy to report that the mood at the field day was indeed very positive. We Western Australians—as you know, Deputy Speaker—are a resilient mob and, despite the difficult season we've been experiencing in many parts of the wheat belt, we certainly experienced a very positive, up-beat crowd. The strong showing by the Liberal Party was welcomed, and I spent much of the two days standing in the same spot talking to constituents—which I know you would appreciate, Deputy Speaker—and my sore feet were definitely testament to that. 

Congratulations to the organisers. Well done once again for a fabulous two days. All of us enjoyed experiencing the thrill of Western Australia's agricultural industry, and I look forward to returning next year, which will be my fifth Dowerin field day in a row.

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