I want to thank the people of Throsby for re-electing me as your representative in the Federal Parliament for the next 3 years. It is a great honour that I do not take lightly.
I congratulate Tony Abbott on his success as Prime Minister, and to all the other candidates who stood in Throsby. It was a tough campaign but I’m proud to say that it was also a clean and friendly campaign, focused strongly on bettering our region. Not on petty politics.
Over the next 3 years I have two roles. The first, as your local representative, is to ensure that I advance the interests of the region and the electors to the best of my ability.
The second, as a member of the opposition, is to faithfully and constructively hold the new Government to account.
Finally, I would like to thank all of the people who staffed the polling booths and worked for the AEC during the campaign. It is a thankless but important task which keeps our democracy in action.