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Liberals out in force at Dowerin

WHILE it has been a tough few weeks for the Liberal Party on a national level, the Liberal Party of WA wasn't letting that get in the way of its visit to the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days.

Several Liberal MPs were at this year's event, including Geraldton MLA and Liberal spokesperson for Agriculture and Food Ian Blayney, Bateman MLA Dean Nalder, Churchlands MLA Sean L'Estrange, Kalgoorlie MLA Kyran O'Donnell and Federal members Rick Wilson and Melissa Price..

Mr Blayney said issues such as live export had been a point of discussion, along with the changes within in the Liberal Party on a Federal level.

He said while visitors to the Liberal Party's site didn't appreciate the internal conflict within the Federal government over the past month, his impression was that many people were happy with the new Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

"Leadership coups like that, especially when you're in government are a massive distraction," Mr Blayney said.

"I think people are happy with the new Prime Minister but they're never happy when those things happen."

Mr Blayney said despite the disruption to the nation's governance, there was a silver lining for WA farmers, with the addition of local MP Melissa Price to the new cabinet.

The Durack MP was at the Dowerin Field Days on Thursday, after being named Environment Minister early last week.

Mr Blayney said Ms Price's promotion was good news for the State's farmers.
"There have already been three farmers come into our tent looking for Minister Price," Mr Blayney said on day one of the field days.

"I think they're genuinely interested that their member is now the Federal Minister for the Environment and they're coming in here wanting to talk to her about environmental issues which is really exciting."

Mr Blayney said there was also plenty of excitement surrounding prospects for this year's State crop.

He said although conditions for the field days were not ideal, there were no complaints coming from farmers.

"I've been coming to Dowerin since about 1983 and this is the coldest day I can remember, but we only hear good things about most of the crops in this State," Mr Blayney said.

"A kind finish could be quite exciting for the crop that we get this year but I'm touching wood as I say it."

- Source Farm Weekly

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