As well as being the Deputy Prime Minister, a position he took up earlier this year, Michael McCormack is the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, a key portfolio for the retail automotive industry.
The former journalist became the youngest editor of an Australian daily newspaper in 1991, at the age of 27, when he took over as editor of The Daily Advertiser in Wagga Wagga.
After an 11-year career at the helm of that paper, he founded his own media and publishing company, which he ran until elected as the Federal Member for Riverina in 2010.
His previous ministerial positions include a stint as Minister for Small Business – another department of great relevance to our industry – and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance.
As Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, we are keen to hear Michael’s views on the future of Australia’s Automotive Industry. Known for his forthright views (he once told then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott “being less forthright is not in my nature. I didn’t come to this place to snivel and be a backroom dealer”), we look forward to a candid talk.