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SKY AM AGENDA – INTERVIEW WITH KIERAN GILBERT – 12 JULY 2016

July 12, 2016

Subjects: Election Campaign, Coalition Agreement, 45th Parliament, The Nationals

KIERAN GILBERT:
With me now National Party cabinet minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester. Darren Chester that captures the sense of things pretty much does it? You guys are pretty happy with the way things went at least from a National Party perspective?

DARREN CHESTER:
Well, pretty much Kieran. We’ve had a good result within our National Party. Obviously in the Coalition more generally we are very happy where we have got ourselves to a position now where it looks like we are going to be able to form majority government. The results coming through yesterday from central Queensland with the seats of Capricornia and Flynn trending our way. We’re still very hopeful the seat of Herbert with Ewen Jones there in Townsville may come back to the Liberal Party as well so it looks like we are going to be able to form that majority government. So it’s a good result. In many ways we got through by the skin of our teeth, we acknowledge that. It’s been a tough election campaign, but bottom line is for the Nats I guess, we have gone ahead by one it looks like and we are looking forward to getting together as a team now and working through what our priorities might be for the next term of the 45th Parliament.

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ABC LATELINE – INTERVIEW WITH MATT WORDSWORTH – 11 JULY 2016

July 11, 2016

Subjects: Gippsland, The Nationals, The Coalition Agreement, Election 2016

MATT WORDSWORTH:
The real success story for the Coalition in this election was the strong showing by the Nationals. That's led to speculation the junior partner might score another spot in the ministry, even a cabinet position. Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce wants the new coalition to be kept secret while the Opposition is calling for it to be made public. The Nationals' Darren Chester is Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. He joined me a short time ago from Canberra. Minister, thanks very much for joining Lateline. Congratulations on your election. Correct me if I'm wrong, but you're the only Nationals MP who increased their majority.

DARREN CHESTER:
Well that's news to me, but I did have a good result in Gippsland. The people in Gippsland were very kind to me. So, any time you get elected to Parliament, it's very humbling, but to get an increased majority is obviously something I'm very pleased by. It only means the work begins all again. We start the new government as soon as possible and get on with the work. MATT WORDSWORTH:
So, good election too for the Nationals. You've won Capricornia today, according to the ABC computer, so that takes the number of seats to 16 more than last parliament, whereas the Liberals have lost a dozen, maybe more. Why the difference there?

DARREN CHESTER:
Well I think you've touched on something already. It's a bit of the untold story, the Nationals over the last seven or eight years. We've actually gone through a generational change in our party. Eight years ago I joined the party and there was a lot of older members who'd served our party well, been there for a long time, but were in their 60s and beyond and we've been able to generationally change our party and it's happened again during this campaign where we've got a few younger members coming through, so I think we've got a strong and vibrant team which is going to campaign very vigorously on behalf of regional Australia. The success of our campaign was very much down to being a good grassroots campaign. We focused on the issues that mattered to people in our communities, we make sure that we bring those issues front and centre to the government of the day. Obviously while we're in coalition, we're the government of the day. But having those ministers available to us to raise issues of concern to regional Australia and making sure we're in touch with our communities is the key to our success.

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ABC RN DRIVE – INTERVIEW WITH PATRICIA KARVELAS – 11 JULY 2016

July 11, 2016

Subjects: Election Campaign, Coalition Agreement, 45th Parliament; Same Sex Marriage

PATRICIA KARVELAS:
…Senior Nationals Minister Darren Chester is confidant of another National on the front bench and he’s my first guest tonight. Welcome to the programme.

DARREN CHESTER:
Good evening.

PATRICIA KARVELAS:
In the last 20 minutes the ABC election computer says The Nationals, or the LNP, has won Capricornia which brings your party’s count to 16. Is one new front bench position for the Nats going to satisfy your party or will you be going for more?

DARREN CHESTER:
Well, can I firstly just say that is great news for The Nationals in the sense that Michelle Landry has fought a very hard campaign. Everything was thrown at her in the seat of Capricornia, which is in Rockhampton, and it’s one that we have struggled to hold in consecutive elections. In the past it has gone back and forth between us and the Labor Party. So it’s great news for Michelle and particular. In relation to the Coalition agreement, you’re right, it’s finally about the numbers. Where the numbers fall once all the counting has been done. It’s remorselessly about the numbers. The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister will look at who’s won what, and the proportionality is then attributed to the party. So we need to wait and see the final numbers. Obviously I want, I am very happy to see Michelle Landry returned, just as I am happy to see all my colleagues returned. It’s been perhaps one of the untold stories of the election campaign, is how The Nationals have held our own very strongly in the campaign, and we’re very satisfied with the result. And now we are looking to form the kind of stable and competent Government that I think Australia needs.

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