Meet Liberal candidate Dan Tehan

Dan Tehan has represented Wannon since 2010. He’s had a high profile as Chair of the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, and has been Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Minister for Defence Materiel and currently Minister for Education.

Why should Wannon vote for you?

“Working hard together we’ve delivered a lot, but there is still a lot more work to do,” Tehan said.

“Amongst other things, we have invested almost $860 million in duplicating the Western Highway, contributed to the upgrading of facilities at Alexandra Oval and helped upgrade the Ararat Arts Precinct.”

“We have also provided $88,000 to Ararat Emergency Relief to support their work helping disadvantaged members of our community, assisted the Ararat City Lawn Tennis Club to upgrade their clubhouse and the Greenhill Lake Development Board to buy a new mower.”

“All this funding has been provided to make the local community stronger and Ararat an even better place to live.”

What issues are you most passionate about?

“I’m passionate about standing up for regional and rural Australia and in particular our local communities in the Wannon electorate.”

“When our country areas are strong our nation is strong.”

What do you think your voters are most passionate about?

“I think local voters are passionate about many issues. I conduct listening posts right around the electorate and I value the feedback I receive at community events, social engagements and through correspondence.”

“My view is that the best thing we can do to ensure all these issues can be addressed is to create a strong economy.”

A strong economy allows us to invest in infrastructure, fund education and health at record levels, support the continual growth of renewable energy and action on climate change and provide the necessary services for people with a disability and our elderly.”

You’ve represented Wannon since 2010. What have you learnt about the region during that time?

“That it is the best place in the world to live. That we have the most wonderful communities and that we need to work hard to ensure our communities remain strong and great places to live.”

What experience do you have that would continue to support you as our region’s federal representative?

“I grew up in rural Victoria and have worked in areas important to rural Australia. I have worked in agriculture both in Australia and abroad, I have worked for businesses that value adds to our farm products and I have served Australia overseas as a diplomat looking after our trade interests.”

“I have also had the great honour of representing a rural electorate for nearly nine years. Working with and delivering for the community during this time has been a wonderful experience and one I hope to continue doing after May 18.”

Dan Tehan’s Top 5 Priorities

1. Better Roads and Rail with more Federal funding for our local roads, highways and rail networks.
2.Cutting the Cost of Living for families and individuals by taking action to reduce energy costs and cut taxes.
3. Supporting Small Businesses and Farmers to grow our economy and create new jobs and opportunities.
4. Guaranteeing essential services, so we all benefit from better health, education, aged care and communications.
5. Delivering Community Projects and supporting our local volunteers to build even stronger local communities.

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