MP’s quick trip for treasurer
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BUSY: Member for Riverina Michael McCormack is filling in for treasurer Joe Hockey in Turkey following the leadership spill vote in Canberra on Monday.
MEMBER for Riverina MichaelMcCormack has made a mercydash to Istanbul to represent thegovernment at a key G20 summitas the Liberal Party roomdescends into chaos in Canberra.
Treasurer Joe Hockey wassupposed to represent Australiaat the G20 Finance MinistersMeeting, but after a motion tospill the Liberals’ leadership wasmoved on Friday, the governmentwas left scrambling to findsomeone to fill in for him at thesummit.
Mr Hockey, AssistantTreasurer Josh Frydenberg andMathias Cormann are allrequired in Canberra this morningto vote on the spill motion.
As a member of the Nationals,however, Mr McCormack, theParliamentary Secretary forFinance, quickly became the government’sonly option for themeeting as the most seniorNationals member in an economic-related portfolio.
Mr McCormack was forced torush from Tumbatrek, which heparticipated in again onSaturday morning, to a specially-arrangedplane to take him fromTumbarumba to Sydney to meethis international flight thatevening.
“You always have to have yourpassport at the ready and a bagof clothes prepared because youjust never know,” he said.
Though the spill motion wasnot officially tabled until Fridayafternoon, moves were afoot tosend Mr McCormack to the summitas early as Wednesdayevening as the instability regardingthe Liberal leadership continuedto deepen.
On the agenda for the G20meeting is infrastructure’s rolein a stagnating world economy,and Mr McCormack will be thereto spruik the benefits of theSydney-based global infrastructurehub rubber-stamped at theG20’s Brisbane conference inNovember.
“The world economy is, youcould almost say, flatlining,” hesaid.
“It’s in a very parlous state, butinfrastructure still needs to getbuilt – dams, roads and ports.”
Mr McCormack will return toAustralia on Thursday night.
In his absence the Coalition government voted in Canberraon Monday to retain Tony Abbott as Prime Minister 61-39.
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