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Andrew Gee (Nats-Calare) – Maiden Speech

Andrew Gee has delivered his maiden speech as the new Nationals member for the NSW electorate of Calare.

Gee

Gee was elected at the double dissolution on July 2, 2016. He succeeded John Cobb, who had held the seat since 2007.

Gee turned 38 years old yesterday. Since 2011, he was the member for Orange in the NSW Legislative Assembly. A solicitor and barrister, Gee has practiced in Orange and Sydney. [Read more…]


John Cobb, Nationals MP, To Retire From Calare

John Cobb, the Nationals MP for Calare, has announced that he will retire at this year’s election.

CobbCobb, 66, has been a federal member since 2001, through five terms. He held Parkes in 2001 and 2004, transferring to Calare in 2007.

Cobb was a Parliamentary Secretary in the Howard government (2004-05) and became Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs in 2005. He was appointed Minister for Community Services in 2006 and then Assistant Minister for the Environment and Water Resources from 2007 until the government’s defeat that year.

Calare is a safe seat for the Nationals. Its main centres of population include: Bathurst, Blayney, Canowindra, Eugowra, Gulgong, Kandos, Lithgow, Molong, Oberon, Orange, Mudgee, Portland, Rylstone, Wallerawang and Yeoval. [Read more…]