Farrell sworn in and promoted

PREMIER Lara Giddings today welcomed New Norfolk’s Craig Farrell to the Parliamentary Labor Party on his first day in the Legislative Council. “I am looking forward to working closely with Mr Farrell and I know he has a lot to offer, both in Parliament and to the people of Derwent,” Ms Giddings said.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Ms Giddings said Mr Farrell had been appointed as the State Government’s deputy leader in the Upper House. “Under the independently-set salary arrangements of Parliament, Mr Farrell is entitled to a $39,000 loading. This is entirely appropriate and reflective of the additional responsibilities he will be asked to carry out in this role. This includes progressing all Government legislation through the Upper House and answering questions in the Leader’s absence,” Ms Giddings said.

Mr Farrell’s swearing-in this morning was attended by well-wishers from the Derwent Valley Council including general manager Stephen Mackey, regional development officer Jess Dallas and Councillor Judy Bromfield as well as members of the Farrell family.

ABC News has more here.

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