Broad and Te­han front and cen­tre

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

Wim­mera-mallee and West­ern Dis­trict po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives are set to play an in­flu­en­tial role in na­tional gov­er­nance as part of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s lead­er­ship change and ministerial shake-up.

Lib­eral Mem­ber for Wan­non Dan Te­han, 50, and Na­tion­als Mem­ber for Mallee Andrew Broad, 43, have won port­fo­lios in Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son’s new min­istry.

Mr Te­han, who rep­re­sents Ararat and Stawell dis­tricts as well as much of south-west Vic­to­ria, will change from So­cial Ser­vices Min­is­ter to Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter.

Mr Broad, whose elec­torate cov­ers most of north-west Vic­to­ria, is the new As­sis­tant Min­is­ter to Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael Mccor­mack.

Mr Broad’s ministerial ap­point­ment is a first for a Mem­ber for Mallee.

Mr Te­han said he was hon­oured and hum­bled with his ap­point­ment as Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter.

“Our chil­dren are our fu­ture and it is crit­i­cally im­por­tant the gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to en­sure every Aus­tralian child gets the best pos­si­ble ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

Mr Te­han, with of­fices in Hamil­ton and War­rnam­bool and who has also had pre­vi­ous ministerial po­si­tions in­clud­ing De­fence Per­son­nel, Veter- ans’ Af­fairs and De­fence Ma­teriel and with a ter­tiary back­ground in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence, in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and for­eign af­fairs, said he was proud of what he had achieved with the So­cial Ser­vices port­fo­lio.

He also stressed that he re­mained a ded­i­cated rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Wan­non.

“The best form of wel­fare is a job and this gov­ern­ment has de­liv­ered a strong econ­omy and record jobs growth,” he said.

“In So­cial Ser­vices, I have con­cen­trated on help­ing peo­ple off wel­fare and into work.

“My num­ber-one priority will con­tinue to be ad­vo­cat­ing on be­half of the peo­ple of Wan­non.

“I will en­sure their views are strongly rep­re­sented in the Aus­tralian Par­lia­ment. It is only be­cause of their faith in me that I have been given this op­por­tu­nity.”

Tremen­dous hon­our

Mr Broad, a Bridge­wa­ter farmer and for­mer Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent with head­quar­ters in Mil­dura and Swan Hill, said he was look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the new Mor­ri­son-mccor­mack gov­ern­ment.

He said he would ‘hit the ground run­ning’ in the next few weeks.

“This new role is a tremen­dous hon­our, and I am look­ing for­ward to serv­ing even more re­gional Aus­tralians across our coun­try,” he said.

“My new re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will in­clude as­sist­ing with in­fra­struc­ture, trans­port and re­gional devel­op­ment along­side Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, Michael Mccor­mack.

“This is a port­fo­lio I am pas­sion­ate about and gives great op­por­tu­nity to af­ford re­gional Aus­tralians bet­ter out­comes for their com­mu­ni­ties and their fam­i­lies in­clud­ing the peo­ple in the great elec­torate of Mallee.”

The ministerial changes, which came into ef­fect yes­ter­day, were the re­sult of a suc­cess­ful lead­er­ship chal­lenge that led to Scott Mor­ri­son re­plac­ing Mal­colm Turn­bull as Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter.

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