The Nationals Duty Senator for Richmond John Williams today announced Federal government funding for essential advocacy and welfare services for veterans, serving members and their families, war widows and widowers in the Tweed Heads area.
Senator Williams said Tweed Heads and Coolangatta R.S.L. Sub-branch has been awarded $14,658 through the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) grants program.
He said grants under the programme help fund salaries for trained advocates and pension staff, essential office supplies, computer equipment, internet access and other administrative needs.
I am pleased to say that today I have been re-elected to the Australian Senate following the July election.
Thank you to everyone for their support.
I am looking forward to spending the next three years working hard for the people of New South Wales.
Senator for NSW.
Tony Windsor should give up any pretence of being an Independent candidate and come clean on his allegiance to Labor according to the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams.
Senator Williams said news reports that Tony Windsor’s campaign team were handing out Labor how-to-vote leaflets confirms what most people in the New England electorate know – he is glued on to Labor.
He said he propped up the Gillard government and stood idly by as the live exports trade was destroyed along with peoples’ lives.
He also supported the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal which was ready to put 35,000 independent truckies out of business before the Coalition government stepped in and put the Tribunal out of business.
I congratulate my Nationals leader and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce on his re-election.
It is a good result against the odds.
I thank the Nationals members, supporters and volunteers who manned the polling booths and refused to be bullied by the union members and GetUp! who were propping up Tony Windsor’s campaign.
During the campaign Barnaby made a number of exciting funding announcements in a number of New England communities and I look forward to their delivery.
As for the Senate, counting is still continuing and a final result will not be known for some time.
I am hopeful of being re-elected for a final three-year term.
The Australian Trucking Association has given the Coalition government top marks in the run-up to the Federal election.
The Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams, who drove a truck in the anti-R.S.R.T. rally in Canberra in April, says the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has listed three important issues and judged the political parties response to them
He said on the key issues of abolishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, practical measures to improve road safety and supporting stronger trucking businesses, the Coalition government has been given a perfect report card by the ATA.
Senator Williams said the ATA described the R.S.R.T, which was introduced by Labor with the support of Tony Windsor in 2012, as a disaster for small trucking businesses.
He said the Coalition government abolished the Tribunal earlier this year but Labor has pledged to reintroduce it to appease the Transport Workers Union.