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Andrew Constance

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Preceded by  Russell Smith
Preceded by  Mike Baird
Constituency  Bega
Name  Andrew Constance
Premier  Mike Baird
Role  Legislator
Premier  Mike Baird

Andrew Constance Member for Bega Andrew Constance 2EC

Preceded by  Gladys Berejiklian (as Minister for Transport)
Party  Liberal Party of Australia
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Andrew James Constance (born 31 October 1973), is an Australian politician, and is the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure since 2 April 2015 in the second Baird and Berejiklian governments. He is the member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Bega for the Liberal Party of Australia since 2003.

Constance previously served as the Treasurer of New South Wales and the Minister for Industrial Relations between 2014 and 2015 in the first Baird government; the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services between 2011 and 2013; and the Minister for Finance and Services, between 2013 and 2014, in the O'Farrell government.

Political career

At the time Constance was elected in 2003, he was aged 29 years, and he became the youngest member of the Parliament. Constance previously worked as a corporate affairs consultant representing large industry associations and multinationals in the Asia-Pacific region. A former President of the Young Liberals, his family connections in the Bega area stem back to the 1860s when his great-great-grandfather, James Constance, drove a team of bullocks through the Bega Valley.

Constance was appointed Minister for Ageing and Disability Services in 2011 and championed the person-centred reforms which were necessary steps towards the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Under Constance's stewardship, NSW became the first Australian state or territory to agree to the full funding of the scheme with the Commonwealth.

Constance was promoted as Minister for Finance and Services in 2013 after the sacking of Greg Pearce, with the portfolio of Ageing and Disability Services transferred to John Ajaka.

Due to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell as Premier, and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the former Treasurer and new Liberal Leader, in April 2014 Constance was appointed as Treasurer; and his responsibilities expanded to include Industrial Relations less than one month later. Constance handed down his first Budget on 17 June 2014.

Following the 2015 state election, Constance was appointed Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. During Constance's tenure as minister, NSW was the first Australian state to legalise ride sharing services like Uber. He is also responsible for the delivery of Australia's largest public transport project, the Sydney Metro.

References

Andrew Constance Wikipedia


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