Last-minute invite for Deb Frecklington to debt taskforce

MEMBER for Nanango Deb Frecklington said there was no bad blood between herself and Robbie Katter after his about-face on the Rural Debt Taskforce.

Mrs Frecklington expressed disappointment last month when she was overlooked for a role on the bipartisan taskforce, despite her being the LNP's preferred choice.

Mr Katter, who is chairing the taskforce, had told the LNP he wanted Gregory MP Lachlan Miller as the party's representative.

But that all changed when the shadow agriculture minister received a call from the Katter's Australian Party state leader last week.

"All I know is on Monday night Robbie Katter gave me a call and welcomed me on the committee," Mrs Frecklington said.

Mrs Frecklington said she was unsure what prompted the change of mind but declared it was "all part of politics and we'll get on perfectly well".

Mrs Frecklington was among the taskforce members who last week travelled to some of the Queensland regions hardest hit by the drought in a bid to determine ways to stabilise the finances of desperate farmers and dependent industries.

Taskforce members spoke with community representatives at Normanton, Winton and Hughenden.

"People out there are hurting. There is a real shortage of cash flow and it's really stressful," Mrs Frecklington said.

"There are lots of rural producers who are really looking for a solution."

Public submissions to the taskforce close on December 18 and can be sent to ruraldebtsecretariat@daf.qld.gov.au.

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