Barnaby Joyce pledges to streamline agriculture finance
NATIONALS Leader Barnaby Joyce has pledged to centralise the Federal Government's agricultural and water finance arms into a new regional investment corporation.
Mr Joyce said it would help streamline the government's drought loans programs, dam financing and other concessional loans.
The new corporation would administer the $4.5 billion in drought and concessional loans and the $2 billion dam loan fund intended to attract private investment for water infrastructure.
"No longer will the Commonwealth have to barter with state governments to process drought and dairy concessional loans to help farmers," he said.
Mr Joyce urged Queensland voters not to vote for One Nation Senate candidate Pauline Hanson, whom pundits believe has a shot at securing a Senate seat.