Barnaby Joyce hurls infrastructure pork at regions

The Minister for Infrastructure, Barnaby Joyce, has reshuffled the board of Infrastructure Australia (IA) and directed it to adopt a greater regional and rural focus. Joyce has appointed former Tamworth mayor Col Murray (from Joyce’s own electorate) as IA chairman, which has prompted condemnation from Labor:

Former Tamworth mayor Col Murray, who will take up his position on December 1 and who knows Mr Joyce well, said he would “absolutely” be impartial…

Labor criticised the new board appointments, noting that Mr Murray has once described himself as “a fairly solid Barnaby Supporter” while three others had direct links to the Coalition…

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