Crewther puts up hand for Se­nate

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Lawyer Chris Crewther, for­merly of Hor­sham, might soon be back among the cut and thrust of fed­eral pol­i­tics if he can gain Lib­eral Party en­dorse­ment to fill a soon-to-be-va­cant Se­nate seat.

Mr Crewther, 35, has for­mally ap­plied to again rep­re­sent the party, by fill­ing a Vic­to­rian Se­nate po­si­tion cre­ated by the im­pend­ing depar­ture of Se­na­tor Mitch Fifield.

Mr Crewther lives at Mt El­iza on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula with his wife Grace and two chil­dren but main­tains a close re­la­tion­ship with the Wim­mera through his fam­ily.

His par­ents Barry and De­bra and younger brother Lee live in Hor­sham.

Mr Crewther started his foray into

fed­eral pol­i­tics when he stood as a Lib­eral can­di­date for Mallee in 2013.

He was un­suc­cess­ful but joined the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives as Mem­ber for Dunk­ley at the sub­se­quent elec­tion.

Fol­low­ing elec­toral re­dis­tri­bu­tion, which trans­formed Dunk­ley into a nom­i­nally La­bor Party elec­torate, he lost the seat to his La­bor op­po­nent at the 2019 Fed­eral Elec­tion.

He is among seven Lib­eral can­di­dates for the Se­nate seat, which Se­na­tor Fifield will va­cate to take up an am­bas­sador role with the United Na­tions.

Other can­di­dates in­clude for­mer up­per-house mem­ber Inga Peulich, jour­nal­ist and for­mer Mem­ber for Co­rangamite Sarah Hen­der­son, Greg Mirabella, John Macisaac, Watts and Kyle Hop­pitt.

Mr Crewther is strictly for­bid­den to dis­cuss his pre-se­lec­tion nom­i­na­tion with the me­dia but in a state­ment on so­cial me­dia said he was ‘putting his hand up’ be­cause he be­lieved he had ‘a lot’ more to con­trib­ute ‘to mak­ing Aus­tralia an even bet­ter place’. Mit­tie

Keen to con­trib­ute

He posted: “At 35, I re­main pas­sion­ate and en­er­getic about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of in­di­vid­ual Vic­to­ri­ans and Australian­s, so that peo­ple are not disad­van­taged by their post­code, their fam­ily cir­cum­stances or their back­ground.

“As a se­na­tor I be­lieve I would also be able to con­trib­ute a lot more in the pol­icy-de­vel­op­ment space and ad­vance­ment of Lib­eral prin­ci­ples, some­thing I have longed to sink my teeth into more – much as I did with chair­ing the Mod­ern Slav­ery In­quiry that led to the Mod­ern Slav­ery Act.

“Hav­ing grown up in the Wim­mera, and cur­rently liv­ing on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, I would also work hard to en­sure that Vic­to­ri­ans from the country and the city are all rep­re­sented and would re­main a strong ad­vo­cate for in­vest­ment in re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices.”

Mr Crewther posted that he had made the de­ci­sion af­ter ‘much’ con­tem­pla­tion with his fam­ily dur­ing the last sev­eral weeks – and af­ter in­tro­duc­ing baby son Ed­ward to great-grand­par­ents in Aus­tralia and South Korea. Mr Crewther at­tended Hor­sham 298 Pri­mary School, Hor­sham Lutheran Pri­mary School, Mur­toa Sec­ondary Col­lege and Hor­sham Col­lege.

He has two mas­ter’s de­grees from the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity in in­ter­na­tional law and diplo­macy.

He also has a law de­gree from the Univer­sity of Can­berra and un­der­took part of a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce-bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree at the Univer­sity of Melbourne.

Be­fore en­ter­ing pol­i­tics he prac­ticed law, worked with the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, was Mil­dura De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive, was an in­ter­na­tional lawyer through the United Na­tions at Kosovo and ran an agri­cul­ture business.

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