Andrew Constance confirms that he will dedicate himself to federal politics


Andrew Constance announces his intention to leave the State Parliament and run for the pre-selection in Gilmore. Photo: Kim Schatz.

NSW’s Secretary of Transportation and Roads Andrew Constance has announced that he is stepping down from the ministry this week and retiring from state politics at the end of the parliamentary session in order to seize the federal seat of Gilmore.

The Bega member said it was heartbreaking to see what happened to Gladys Berejiklian – “one of the most incredible prime ministers the state has ever had” and a friend of 25 – but with her resignation came a change.

“For me, I am part of this change and would like to state that, after months of speculation, I will propose my name for the preselection of the local liberal branches for the federal seat of Gilmore with a view to moving to the federal parliament. “Said Mr. Konstanz.

“As a result, I will resign as Minister of Transport and Roads this week after having served ten and a half years as Minister of State in functions ranging from the Ministry of Finance to Finance and, of course, Transport, Infrastructure and Roads.”

As the media front man on Malua Bay Beach, Mr. Constance said one of the most important roles he held during this period was that of Minister for Disability Services and that he was most proud of his role in advocating the National Disability Insurance System.

He said resigning from his role as a member of the state was “a tremendous challenge and life changing for me”.

“But after 20 years as a member of the state, I know how important this time is for our community and will therefore remain a Bega member until the end of the parliamentary session. We are beginning to see our churches come out of lockdown and get back to normal as best we can. “

Mr. Constance paid tribute to the local community and their resilience to bushfires, drought and pandemics.

When asked about the current liberal leadership vacuum, Mr. Constance urged his colleagues to “park self-interest and put community first”.

“Work on it (the tour) this afternoon and make sure you get back to work tomorrow,” he said.

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Gilmore was held by the Liberals for more than 20 years, until the last election when Labor’s Fiona Phillips beat Warren Mundine in a competition. The Liberal Party, and the Prime Minister in particular, have been criticized for putting Mr Mundine into the role of candidate.

Mr Constance said he respected the role of the local offices and said he would speak to the Gilmore office and argue why he should be their representative.

“I still have a burning desire to do good in the community,” he said. “I would bring every ounce of experience I have to the role.”

When asked about his widely acclaimed criticism of Scott Morrison during the Black Summer bushfires, Mr. Constance said he had a good working relationship with the Prime Minister but cautioned against being an “intensely independent person” in any federal role.

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