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Ai Group congratulates new National Party leader and Deputy PM

The Australian Industry Group congratulates Michael McCormack as the new leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister.

"As Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Mr McCormack will be dealing with a range of national economic priorities. His portfolio responsibilities are vital for employment, business success and productivity and provide solutions to the connectivity of our regions and congestion in our major cities," Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said.

"As a grass roots political leader, the new Deputy PM will appreciate that the issues in his new portfolio are equally important for the cities and the bush and a key underpinning of our communities and economic prosperity.

"Mr McCormack brings personal and ministerial small business experience to the portfolio which is especially important given the contribution SMEs make to our economy.

"With skill shortages re-emerging we look forward to working with Mr McCormack to support the creation of competitive local capabilities.

"We also thank Barnaby Joyce for his service on the front bench and willingness to engage constructively with the business community on a range of important issues for the national economy," Mr Willox said.

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