Angus Taylor leadership ranking has gone up a notch or three

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Local MP Angus Taylor will be the opposition shadow treasurer for the next three years.

“I am humbled and honoured to be asked to serve as shadow treasurer by the leader of the opposition, Peter Dutton,’’ says the federal member for Hume.

Mr Taylor was energy and emissions reduction minister in the Morrison Government before it was booted out of office at the May 21 election.

However, he comfortably retained his own seat, which includes the south western parts of the Macarthur region such as Camden and Cobbitty.

“My focus in this role will be on the aspirations of hardworking Australian families and businesses, particularly small businesses across the regions, the suburbs and the cities,’’ Mr Taylor said following his appointment.

“As shadow treasurer, I will consult with business, industry and experts on how we can work together to secure Australia’s prosperity, and support small businesses and aspirational, hard-working families.

“Strong economic management is essential for Australians to realise their aspirations,’’ he said.

The appointment effectively makes Mr Taylor second in the leadership ranking of the Liberal Party.

It’s no secret that Mr Taylor, a Rhodes scholar, aspires to the top job of Prime Minister.

“I appreciate that I am taking on this role at a turbulent and increasingly uncertain time for the global economy,’’ he said.

“The last Parliament was confronted with extraordinary challenges from bushfires, floods, a global health and economic crisis, and more recently, the Russia-Ukraine war which is fuelling a global economic downturn.

“During this time, the Coalition stepped up and provided unprecedented economic support to keep Australians in their jobs, to support those unable to work and to keep small businesses alive.

“We will hold Labor to account to ensure its heavy-handed approach does not lead to higher inflation, higher interest rates, higher taxes, or further drive-up prices for households and small businesses.’’

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