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Andrew Barr is currently the Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Andrew has been a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly since April 2006, and Chief Minister of the ACT since December 2014. He is also the ACT Treasurer, as well as the Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Urban Renewal and Minister for Tourism and Events.
Andrew has comprehensive experience of the workings of the ACT Government having previously been Minister for Housing, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Planning, and Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Education and Training. As Education Minister Andrew had the opportunity to visit almost every school in the ACT including all his previous educational haunts.
Andrew believes in the modern Labor values of responsible economic management and progressive social reform. His priorities in the Legislative Assembly and as Chief Minister of the ACT, include promoting Canberra’s economic development and investing in public infrastructure such as hospitals, public transport, schools and sport facilities.
Andrew wants to see the evolution and renewal of Canberra, which has already been named the world’s most liveable city, continue for years to come. As Chief Minister, he is working toward greater integration and connection between Canberra’s suburbs through public transport and upgrades to local shopping precincts to create a culture and city that reflects the pride Canberran’s feel in their home.
Jeremy Hanson is currently the ACT Opposition Leader and is also the Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Minister for Health, Shadow Minister for Police, and Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.
After completing his secondary education in Queensland, he joined the Army in 1986 and graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1987. Jeremy’s service in the Army included command of an infantry platoon, and a parachute infantry company, as well as numerous staff and training appointments across Australia. He also served throughout the World in such places as Germany, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, East Timor and Iraq, where he commanded the Australian Army Training Team.
Jeremy left the Army in August 2008 as a Lieutenant Colonel in order to contest the ACT elections as a candidate for the Liberal Party and was elected to the ACT Assembly in October 2008.
Jeremy was elected as Member for Molonglo in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. February 2013 was when Jeremy was elected by his colleagues as the ACT Opposition Leader, Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Minister for Health, Shadow Minister for Police, and Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.