DEPUTY SPEAKER CONGRATULATES STONER ON 10 YEARS AS NATS LEADER
NSW Deputy Speaker & Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP, has congratulated Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner on 10 years as NSW Leader of The Nationals.
The O’Farrell-Stoner Government recently passed its two-year anniversary in government. This past week, the government saw another milestone – 10 years of leadership under Nationals Leader Andrew Stoner.
“Over the past decade, we have seen much instability in political leadership positions across the country. When you reflect on Andrew Stoner’s leadership, and the performance of our party in that time, The Nationals have certainly led the way both in stability and leadership,” Mr George said.
“Andrew enjoys very strong support in The Nationals party room and there is a clear reason for this. He has demonstrated to all of us that he has been prepared to do the hard yards, both in Opposition and in Government, and he has put regional NSW at the forefront when decisions are made within the Coalition party room and in the Cabinet.”
Mr George said The Nationals had undergone considerable reform and revitalisation under Andrew Stoner’s leadership over the past decade.
“We both entered the Parliament 14 years ago and at that time we knew there was a significant task ahead to rebuild our party, develop policies and prepare ourselves for government,” Mr George said.
“In 2003, Andrew was elected unopposed as our Leader. He was a standout candidate for the leadership. He was a relatively young, enthusiastic, intelligent and hardworking member who understood the long road ahead and the work required to expand and prepare our team for government.”
“Under his leadership, our party has grown in strength and influence. When Andrew Stoner became our leader, we had 18 seats in the Parliament. We now have 25 members. ”
“Andrew is to be congratulated on his strong and steadfast leadership of our party over the past 10 years.
“As we continue to clean up the terrible mess Labor left New South Wales, Andrew’s leadership will be crucial in ensuring we continue to fix the problems our state is now confronted with and implementing the government policies required to improve our infrastructure and services in regional NSW.”