Ben Hindmarsh’s appointment as the new Federal Director of the Nationals has been welcomed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of The Nationals, Barnaby Joyce.
Mr Joyce said the appointment was important to maintaining the momentum of The Nationals coming out of the recent federal election when the party secured its highest number of seats in decades and delivered the critical additional seat to secure majority Coalition Government.
Mr Joyce said Mr Hindmarsh, who had previously served as the Deputy Prime Minister’s political adviser, brought a wealth of state and federal parliamentary and campaign experience to the role.
“Of equal importance is Ben’s genuine passion for The Nationals and for the future of regional Australia that personally drives and motivates him. I know and work with Ben well. He comes from a New England farming family and he knows the importance of strong regional communities and strong regional economies,” he said.
Mr Joyce also paid tribute to outgoing Federal Director, Scott Mitchell, who will transition from the role early in the New Year.
“Scott was Federal Director for the last two elections and played a leading role in securing government on both those occasions. I wish Scott well in the future and sincerely hope he will remain actively involved in The Nationals,” Mr Joyce said.
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