The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mitchell

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Political News - Your feed­back and com­ments are the most im­por­tant. Email alex.hawke.mp@aph.gov.au and tell me your thoughts.

Last month dur­ing a tu­mul­tuous week in the Lib­eral Party room, the de­ci­sion was made to change our Prime Min­is­ter re­sult­ing in the ap­point­ment of Scott Mor­ri­son as the new Leader of the Fed­eral Par­lia­men­tary Lib­eral Party and Prime Min­is­ter, and the ap­point­ment of Josh Fry­den­berg as the Deputy Leader of the Lib­eral Party and Trea­surer.

The com­mu­nity of Mitchell can al­ways be con­fi­dent that I hold the view that it is the pub­lic who should de­cide who the Prime Min­is­ter is this is democ­racy at its best. I would like to pay trib­ute to for­mer Prime Min­is­ter, Malcolm Turn­bull and thank him for his ser­vice to us and the na­tion.

Fol­low­ing the change of leader, it was an hon­our and privilege to be ap­pointed to the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil as Spe­cial Min­is­ter of State in the first Mor­ri­son Gov­ern­ment. I was hum­bled to be given the op­por­tu­nity by the Prime Min­is­ter to serve in this role.

This ap­point­ment is im­por­tant for us in Mitchell as it is the first time an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Mitchell will sit on a Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment front­bench. As Spe­cial Min­is­ter of State I will work di­rectly with the Prime Min­is­ter and the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance and the Pub­lic Ser­vice, Se­na­tor the Hon Mathias Cor­mann to en­sure we have a strong, vi­brant econ­omy and a well-run democ­racy.

The Prime Min­is­ter has al­ready toured one of the worst drought af­fected ar­eas of our na­tion and more will be done to help our farm­ers dur­ing this time. Also the is­sue of elec­tric­ity prices, will con­tinue to be ad­dressed in­clud­ing, en­ergy se­cu­rity and re­li­able power; en­sur­ing we are back­ing in­vest­ment in new power gen­er­a­tion with coal-fired power in the mix. We are a Gov­ern­ment that is fo­cused on get­ting power prices down.

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