Tim McCurdy’s National Party may not have won its way back to power in the Victorian election, but the returned Ovens Valley MP says he will continue to push for Coalition commitments to be funded.
“I’ve now written to all the ministers where we had election commitments because the commitments we had were not my great ideas – they were ideas that came from the community and the needs of the community,” he said. “I really hope they do support us this year.”
Mr McCurdy said he did not believe Premier Daniel Andrews governed for all Victorians during the last term in government, mainly for those in Labor-held seats, and hoped that could change.
“Just because we didn’t win government doesn’t mean the need isn’t there, so that’s the high priority,” he said.
The re-election of Mr McCurdy was apparent on election night, but he was officially reinstated at the declaration of the poll on Thursday.
He finished with 44.47 per cent of the primary vote and was pushed to 51.93 per cent after votes from Julian Fidge, the Greens and Ray Dyer were redistributed.
Independent Tammy Atkins had crept ahead of Kate Doyle into second place after preferences, but the Labor candidate’s votes have yet to be redistributed to give a final total.
“You’re putting your wares out to display, you’re putting yourself out there for everybody to judge and I’m just delighted people have reinstated me for another term,” Mr McCurdy said.
“That feeling never changes, from the first time I was elected to now.”
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