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The Nationals WA have today unveiled their new parliamentary leadership team.
The Nationals elected Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies MLA to lead the Party, with Member for Mining and Pastoral Region Hon Jacqui Boydell MLC elected as Deputy Leader at a party room meeting earlier today.
Ms Davies said she was humbled to be given the opportunity to serve as Leader of the Party.
“The Nationals WA have been a force in WA politics for 100 years and I’m confident our team will continue to build on our history and proud record of achievement on behalf of all regional West Australians,” Ms Davies said.
“As new Leader I am firmly committed to continuing this fight to make sure regional WA isn’t left behind under a Labor government.”
Ms Davies paid tribute to her predecessor Brendon Grylls, acknowledging his enormous contribution to the West Australian political landscape.
“Brendon's leadership and contribution to public life is unique, he gave country people a voice when they'd all but lost hope and was always willing to stand up for what was fair and right, no matter the personal consequences,” Ms Davies said.
“Our strong result at the State election in the face of big swing against the government has strengthened our resolve to continue to forge this path.”
Ms Davies said the Party was still committed to ensuring the mining sector paid its fair share, and the protection of Royalties for Regions.
“The Nationals don’t believe it’s fair that mums, dads, pensioners and small businesses pay fees and charges that increase every single year, yet these mining companies are paying a charge that has remain unchanged since the 1960s,” Ms Davies said.
“Labor were busy promising millions of dollars in election commitments throughout the campaign, yet without a new revenue source for the State, there can only be pain for country WA and everyday Mums and Dads.
“Our team is strong and we have a job to do - it's now time to get on with it."