Appointment as Chair of the House Policy Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care & Sport

  • October 4, 2016

Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, has been appointed by Prime Minister Turnbull to Chair the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport.

“I am delighted with this appointment and I am looking forward to working alongside our Minister Sussan Ley in this key policy area, which is important for all Australians,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“Ensuring that Australians have access to world-class health care is a priority for the Turnbull government. “We have an ageing population in Australia and making sure senior Australians have the support, resources and care they need is certainly going to be one of the challenges we face as a country in the future,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“I am looking forward to getting to work with my committee members in my new role as well as delivering for the people of North Sydney.

Mr Zimmerman was also appointed Chair of the Coalition Friends of Tourism, Co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends of Betters Cities as well as a member of the Infrastructure, Cities and Transport Committee and member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade.

“Prior to entering Parliament I worked in the tourism and transport sectors. Tourism is an industry that already employs over 500,000 Australians and has an incredible future in the Australian economy.

“In this role I will be working to promote policies that will strengthen this important sector and one of Australia’s largest service export. It is great to see that the number of tourists arriving in Australia is at record highs, with arrivals up last year by 9%. Our visitors are also staying longer and spending more.

“The Coalition is delivering record funding of $629 million over four years for Tourism Australia – the body that the Turnbull government is working alongside to market Australia to the rest of the world.

“North Sydney deserves the strongest possible voice in the parliament, and I will continue to deliver for our community in both my parliamentary and committee roles.” Mr Zimmerman concluded.