Former Western Australian MP endorsed as candidate in the New England by-election
30 October 2017
Ian Britza has been announced today as candidate for the seat of New England by the Australian Country Party in the upcoming by-election caused by the recent High Court decision on the illegibility of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to sit in Parliament.
Ian who was a former Acting Speaker of the House in the Western Australian Parliament is on the move back to New South Wales and was keen to put his hand up for this by-election.
Having won the Labor seat of Morley for the Liberal Party and holding it for two terms, and being Acting Speaker for six years, Ian presents as an experienced alternative in the race for New England. Ian also served as a member on the Community Development and Justice Committee for four years and Deputy Chair for a further 2 years.
Ian was prepared to cross the floor of the House on moral grounds and actually did on several occasions when he felt his own party at the time was not listening to the electorate.
Australian Country Party Secretary Darren Cooper said “It’s great to see decent people of a high calibre join the Australian Country Party. Ian stands by his morals and principles and acts for the best interest of his electorate which is something rarely seen nowadays. Its great to have him as part of our growing team”.
Ian is the second former politician to join the Australian Country Party (established 2005) with former Victorian Federal Senator John Madigan joining the ranks in 2016.
Mr Britza said “It’s time to return New England to the Country Party”.
For more information contact:
Glenn O’Rourke – 0405 111 228