ECA Congratulates Trade Minister Simon Birmingham on His New Appointment
The Export Council of Australia wishes to congratulate Simon Birmingham, Minister for Finance, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator for South Australia on his appointment to the position of Minister of Finance.
Statement from the Minister dated 30 October 2020
Crucially, it also delivered Australian households with greater economic strength and independence, while allowing government to invest more in health, education, disability, aged care and other essential services, as well as our national security. Creating the investment and business conditions to again drive jobs growth is the most important task ahead. We will only be able to restore budget finances with a strong economy and high levels of employment. Although post-budget confidence has grown strongly across Australia, the circumstances in parts of Europe and the United States are a constant reminder that COVID-19 creates many uncertainties. Between now and next year’s budget we will closely monitor global impacts on the recovery and build on our plan as necessary.
For now, I will also continue as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. We will not relent in seeking to advance and, where possible, conclude trade negotiations, while actively supporting our exporting farmers and businesses. Our amazing tourism industry is most deeply impacted by COVID-19. Tourism businesses and jobs will continue to have my close attention now and into the future as we work to help the industry survive, adapt and rebuild.
The Australian Senate is one of the great pillars of our democracy. Although sometimes a frustration for governments, the Senate is an important check and balance as well as a powerful voice for smaller states. Together with new Deputy Leader Michaela Cash, Manager of Government Business Anne Ruston and my government colleagues, I look forward to working with senators from across the political spectrum to achieve the best outcomes for Australians.
My predecessor, Mathias Cormann, dedicated himself to the finance ministry with diligence, discipline and determination. Mathias’s tireless work to bring the federal budget back to balance helped to ensure we could respond to the health and economic crises caused by COVID-19. Our resilience and strong plans are delivering better results than most other nations. As Senate Leader Mathias demonstrated a respect for the institution while achieving results for the government and the nation.