NATIONAL Party MPs at opposite ends of Victoria have defied the trend that routed the Morrison Government.
Mallee’s Anne Webster and Gippsland’s Darren Chester both recorded swings to them in Saturday’s federal election.
Dr Webster, re-elected for a second term in Mallee, increased her two-party preferred vote by 4.2 per cent. Mr Chester, a minister until falling out with Nationals’ leader Barnaby Joyce, saw his vote go up 4.42 per cent.
It was a sweet result for Dr Webster after being restricted from moving around the electorate for almost two-thirds of her term by COVID lockdowns and restrictions.
Dr Webster said there had been no shortage of challenges since being elected in 2019 and seeing the effects of COVID restrictions on people’s incomes, health and ability to travel across borders.
She said people were still angry about mandates that had been imposed by the State Government and some had taken that anger to the Federal Government.
As a second term MP, now in opposition, Dr Webster said healthcare, connectivity and infrastructure would again be high on her agenda in representing local communities.
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