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ZED Seselja has been preselected unopposed to stand again as the first Senate candidate for the Canberra Liberals in the next federal election.
The former leader of the ACT Opposition was first elected to the Senate in 2013. Since then, he has served as the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs and is currently the Assistant Minster for Science, Jobs and Innovation.
“It has been an honour to be able to represent Canberrans as part of the Coalition team in the Australian Parliament, and I am very grateful to be re-endorsed by the members of the Canberra Liberals this morning,” Senator Seselja said.
“Locally, I fought to ensure the Department of Immigration and Border Protection remained in Belconnen. We have invested in a new building for the Department of Social Services to keep 2000 jobs in Tuggeranong, and we have committed to bringing a Government Agency to Gungahlin.
“I personally drove planning reforms which will allow Tuggeranong to expand and deliver affordable housing for the south of Canberra. We are also funding feasibility studies for the Monaro Highway and Pialligo Avenue to properly prepare for population growth in our region.
“We have delivered almost $80 million to cleaning up our lakes and waterways and delivered record funding for fixing dangerous road black spots in the ACT.
“The local economy is booming, with 19,200 more jobs in the ACT than September 2013 and the participation rate in the workforce is amongst the highest in the nation.
“I will continue to fight for the growth of our great city, and will continue to fight to protect the family unit, freedom of speech and religion, and to provide more support and less regulation for small business.”
Robert Gunning is his running mate.