Two locals on Liberal ticket for Lyons

TWO locals are among the seven candidates named by the Liberal Party earlier today for the March 23 state election. They are Justin Derksen, of New Norfolk, and Richard Hallett, of Hollow Tree. Announcing the party’s full ticket, Premier Jeremy Rockliff said it was the Tasmanian Liberal Party’s “team of the decade.”

The Lyons ticket is headed by sitting members Guy Barnett and Mark Shelton, joined by high-profile candidate Jane Howlett, a former government minister, who is seeking to move from the Legislative Council to the House of Assembly.

At this election, the House of Assembly will return to its previous size with 35 members. This means seven members will be elected in each division or seat and in their bid for majority government the major parties will field seven candidates in each.

In alphabetical order, the seven Liberal Party candidates for Lyons are Guy Barnett MHA, Gregory Brown, Cr Stephanie Cameron, Cr Justin Derksen, Richard Hallett, Jane Howlett MLC and Mark Shelton MHA.

This will be Cr Derksen’s second attempt to be elected to parliament. Although unsuccessful in his 2021 bid, he has since been elected as a Derwent Valley councillor and until last week served as a government adviser.

Mr Hallett is a fifth-generation farmer from the Central Highlands. His family property at Hollow Tree straddles the Central Highlands and Derwent Valley.

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