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Darren Chester

Darren Chester

Gippsland Connected: Darren Chester chats about family, politics and Barnaby

The #LoveGippsland MP Darren Chester had a sit-down chat with our news editor Greg Allen.

Click the video above to see what Darren thinks about things like:
How did Darren feel when Barnaby Joyce took Infrastructure and Transport away from him in 2017?
Is Barnaby a help or a hindrance to the Nats?
Is the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers becoming the new National Party?
Does Darren get how strongly some people feel about climate change?
How much grief did Darren cop when he strayed from his Nationals colleagues in favour of same-sex marriage?

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Darren Chester was born in Sale, the son of a plumber, and was one of five children. Prior to entering federal politics, he worked as a newspaper and television journalist in Gippsland and was chief of staff to Peter Ryan, the leader of the Nationals in the Victorian state parliament.

Currenly 51 years old, Darren was elected the Member for Gippsland at a by-election in 2008, caused by the resignation of fellow National Party member Peter McGauran. Darren was re-elected at the 2010, 2013 and 2019 elections.

He has served as the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and the Minister for Defence Personnel since March 2018. Until recently, he was also Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC.

Prior to that in the Turnbull Government Darren was appointed Assistant Minister for Defence. He later served as the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport before having the portfolio taken away by the party leader of the time, Barnaby Joyce.

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