Andrew Broad was elected as The Nationals member for Mallee at the 2013 federal election.
Broad replaced John Forrest who represented the seat since 1993. Broad is only the fourth man, all Nationals, to represent the electorate since its creation in 1949.
Because Forrest retired, the Coalition agreement permitted the Liberals to nominate a candidate. The Nationals polled 38.76% of the primary vote to the Liberal Party’s 27.22%. After preferences, Broad won with 56.21% of the two-candidate-preferred vote. Measured against the ALP, his two-party-preferred vote was 73.66%, in keeping with Mallee’s status as one of the safest Coalition seats in the nation.
Mallee is situated in north-western Victoria. It is bordered by the Murray River in the north, the South Australian border in the west, and adjoins Wannon in the south and Murray in the east. The main population centres are Mildura in the north, Warracknabeal, St Arnaud, Horsham and Stawell in the south and Swan Hill and Kerang in the east.
This is Broad’s first speech to the House of Representatives. [Read more...]