The Victorian Nationals select new Deputy Leader

New Nationals Deputy Leader Emma Kealy. Photo: Contributed

THE Victorian Nationals’ party room has selected Member for Lowan Emma Kealy as their new Deputy Leader.


A special meeting was held on Wednesday following the resignation of Member for Euroa Steph Ryan last week.


Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh congratulated Ms Kealy on her selection, adding the new leadership team will waste no time getting to work ahead of the November State Election.


“Emma has a strong reputation as a dedicated local advocate who will go above and beyond to secure the very best for the people of Lowan, which is an energy I know she’ll bring as Deputy Leader,” Mr Walsh said.


“As Shadow Minister, Emma has played a crucial role in leading the Liberals’ and Nationals’ response to support Victorians to recover and rebuild from the COVID pandemic.


“A former chief executive of Edenhope Hospital with a strong background in the health sector, Emma also brings a wealth of invaluable skills to her Shadow responsibilities as we continue to build our positive plan to fix Victoria’s health crisis.”


Ms Kealy was elected as the Member for Lowan for The Nationals in 2014.


“It’s lovely to have the support of your colleagues and be part of the strong Nationals team as we look down the barrel of the election,” she said.


She currently holds shadow portfolios in Mental Health, Women, and for Prevention of Family Violence.


More locally, the Nationals recently selected Traralgon businessman and prominent football identity Martin Cameron as their candidate for the seat of Morwell.


It is unclear whether incumbent Russell Northe will contest the seat.


Northe and Cameron were teammates at Traralgon Football-Netball Club.