Member for Brand Madeleine King to take on Cabinet role in Anthony Albanese’s government

Hannah CrossSound Telegraph
Member for Brand Madeleine King.
Camera IconMember for Brand Madeleine King. Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Brand MHR Madeleine King is set to become an important part of new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s Cabinet after retaining her seat by miles at the Federal election.

As of the time of publication, Ms King has received 67.1 per cent of the two-party preferred vote to challenger Peter Hudson’s 32.9 per cent.

She also received more than 50 per cent of first-preference votes in Brand and has seen a swing even further in her favour of 10.5 per cent. The margin in Brand was previously 6.7 per cent.

Ms King said the people of Brand had “comprehensively rejected Scott Morrison’s nasty and regressive brand of politics”.

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“Scott Morrison and the Liberals attacked WA at every opportunity, and WA voters have responded in kind,” Ms King told the Sound Telegraph.

“I am also pleased that Clive Palmer’s UAP received even less support than they did in 2019. Brand voters have seen through Mr Palmer’s campaign cash splash, and will never forgive his legal attacks on our State.”

Leadership Matters breakfast featuring Anthony Albanese at Crown. Pictured - Anne Ali and Madeleine King
Camera IconCowan MHR Anne Aly, pictured here with Madeleine King, also retained her seat at the Federal election. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian

Ms King said Mr Albanese had confirmed publicly that she will be a member of his Cabinet.

“The full details are still being worked through, but we expect the full Cabinet will be sworn in next week,” she said.

In Opposition, Ms King was shadow minister for trade and resources and may retain the portfolio in government.

Ms King thanked her campaign volunteers and staff as well as the people of Brand themselves.

“As a young person growing up in Safety Bay and Rockingham, I never imagined I would have the honour to represent my hometown in the Federal Parliament, let alone represent Australia as a Minister in the Commonwealth Government,” Ms King said.

“It is only with the support and encouragement of the people of Brand that I am able to do so, and I will never forget that. I won’t let you down.”

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