Symes joins new min­istry

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Lo­cal Up­per House Mem­ber Ja­clyn Symes has been el­e­vated to Pre­mier Daniel An­drews’ new min­istry — pend­ing her elec­tion to the Up­per House.

Ms Symes has been an­nounced as Vic­to­ria’s new min­is­ter for agri­cul­ture, re­gional devel­op­ment and re­sources in Mr An­drews’ new gen­der-equal cab­i­net.

The new min­is­ters, in­clud­ing Ms Symes, will not be sworn in at Gov­ern­ment House un­til all MPs are cer­tain they have been elected to the house — with con­fir­ma­tion by the Vic­to­rian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion.

If elected, Ms Symes will also join the Cab­i­net as Deputy Leader of the Gov­ern­ment in the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil.

Mr An­drews said as a strong ad­vo­cate for re­gional Vic­to­ria, Ms Symes was the per­fect fit to take on the port­fo­lios of Re­gional Devel­op­ment, Agri­cul­ture and Re­sources.

‘‘Fifty per cent of the cab­i­net are women,’’ Mr An­drews said.

‘‘There is an equal­ity of gen­der in our state’s most im­por­tant de­ci­sion mak­ing body — I’m very proud of that.’’

Ms Symes, Adem Somyurek, Gabrielle Wil­liams and Melissa Horne got the call up for the gov­ern­ment’s sec­ond-term min­istry last week.

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