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CHESTER, the Hon. Darren JeffreyBiography for CHESTER, the Hon. Darren Jeffrey

Member for Gippsland (Vic)

Nationals



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Gippsland, Victoria at by-election 28.6.2008, vice the Hon. PJ McGauran (resigned). Re-elected 2010 and 2013.


Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence from 18.9.13.


Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Petitions from 26.8.08 to 5.8.13.

Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 26.8.08 to 19.7.10.


Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore, November 2011.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Regional Transport from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.


Party Positions

State Councillor (Vic.), The Nationals 2002-04.


Personal

Born 13.9.1967, Sale, Vic.

Married.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

Newspaper and television journalist 1986-98.

Self-employed marketing consultant 1998-2002.

Executive Officer, Champions of the Bush 2002-04.

Chief of Staff, PJ Ryan, MLA (Vic.) 2004-08.


Electorate

Description: rural.

Location: eastern Victoria; it includes the towns of Bairnsdale, Churchill, Heyfield, Lakes Entrance, Maffra, Morwell, Orbost, Rosedale, Sale, Stratford, Traralgon and Yarram.

Area: 33 054 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 99 416 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: beef, dairy, sheep and vegetable farming, cropping, sawmilling and forestry, fishing, tourism, oil, gas and electricity, correctional and defence services, including the RAAF Base at East Sale.

State electorates: Gippsland includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Gippsland East, and parts of Gippsland South and Morwell.