Bill Tilley has been appointed the Victorian Opposition whip in the lower house, given the task of keeping Coalition MPs on message over the next four years.
The re-elected Benambra MP previously held the whip job in 2013-14 when the Coalition was in government.
“I know only too well that this is an important role having been the Government whip during the Napthine government,” he said.
“It’s a responsibility that I take very seriously as we attempt to challenge, hold to account and at the same time, work with the Labor government over the next four years.
“Notwithstanding my first obligation and priority is Benambra.”
Politicians returned to Parliament on Wednesday for the first time since last month’s election.
Labor’s Northern Victoria MP Jaclyn Symes will be Regional Development, Agriculture and Resources Minister, while Nationals MP for Euroa Steph Ryan will be the Shadow Minister for Water, Regional Public Transport, and Gaming and Liquor Regulation.
It was also the first day in Parliament for Wodonga’s Tim Quilty and Wangaratta’s Tania Maxwell as they took up their position sin the upper house.
Victorian governor Linda Dessau gave a speech outlining the government agenda for the next term, which included upgrades to Wangaratta Hospital – now totalling $32.1 million after promises made by Premier Daniel Andrews in October.
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