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Sussan Ley’s big win

By Robert Muir

Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said she was delighted with her emphatic victory in the 2019 Federal Election last Saturday, in which, at this stage of counting, she has more than 50 per cent of the primary vote.

On a two-candidate preferred basis, with 81.45 per cent of the vote counted, she leads her main challenger independent Kevin Mack 60.89 to 39.11 per cent ; 52,186 votes compared to 33,367.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Scott Morrison has been re-elected,” Ms Ley told the Free Press. 

“He never lost faith in himself, his team or the Australian people to make a common sense decision.”

The Free Press spoke with Ms Ley on Monday morning, before she was to meet, in Albury with the NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey. NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro is also involved in those talks. 

She is wasting no time in further pursuing a priority subject, that of ensuring southern Riverina irrigators receive a water allocation.

Ms Ley, 57, became the longest serving female Liberal Member of the House of Representatives following the retirement of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop earlier this year.

Ms Ley could be in line to return as a minister, in the new Morrison Government. She was the Health Minister but resigned the post in 2017 and later became an assistant minister.

“I’m really positive about the contribution I can make,” she said. “I have great faith in and support for Mr Morrison and I’ll gladly do whatever role he wants me for.”

Mr Mack, who campaigned hard on water issues and congratulated Ms Ley on her win, will return to his role of Albury Mayor.