McCormack appointed Assistant Defence Minister

THE Nationals' Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, has said he is honoured to continue to serve in the Ministry of the new Turnbull Government unveiled yesterday in Canberra.

Mr McCormack has been appointed Assistant Minister for Defence.

"With all three arms of Defence located in the Riverina Electorate and Kapooka being the Home of the Soldier, I am looking forward to making a positive contribution in the Defence portfolio," Mr McCormack said.

"The first and foremost responsibility of government is to ensure the safety and security of the Australian people.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside and assist both the Minister for Defence Marise Payne and the new Minister for Defence Materiel Dan Tehan.

Whilst still continuing to serve in the ministry, Mr McCormack reiterated his comment to always put the people of the Riverina first.

"The interests and needs of the people and communities of the Riverina will always come first in everything I do," Mr McCormack said.

"I would like to thank the people of the Riverina for their ongoing support and confidence to enable me to serve in the ministry," Mr McCormack said.

Mr McCormack previously served as the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, who last week announced his retirement from public life after decades of service.

"Warren Truss has served his community with distinction for more than 40 years and I am very proud to have had the opportunity to work closely with him in the parliament and as his Assistant Minister," Mr McCormack said.

"He has been the Leader of The Nationals since 2007 and leaves the party with strong foundations for new leader Barnaby Joyce."

Cristy Houghton