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Albany and Great Southern Region SEGRA 20 year anniversary

26 - 28 October 2016, Albany, WA


Elected Officials

Senator Dean Smith Show + Hide -

Deputy Government Whip in the Senate


Senator Dean Smith is Deputy Government Whip in the Senate and an active champion of regional interests, especially in the areas of telecommunications, road infrastructure and aged care. He is Chair of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, once of the most senior Committees in the Parliament, which holds agencies to account for the lawfulness, efficiency and effectiveness with which they use taxpayers’ money. Senator Smith is also an active participant on a variety of other parliamentary committees including the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee, the Senate Privileges Committee, the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee and the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia. In addition, Senator Smith is the Chair of the Coalition Backbench Committee on Communications and The Arts. His extensive first-hand political and policy experience is matched with almost 10 years commercial experience with two of Australia’s most prominent companies. He has held senior executive roles at Australia’s largest general insurer, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), and at Asia’s largest integrated telecommunications company, SingTel Optus.  

Stephen Jones MP Show + Hide -

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government


Stephen Jones was first elected to the Federal Parliament in 2010 representing the NSW regional electorate of Throsby, centred around Wollongong, where he has lived for most of his life. He was re-elected in 2013 and is now the Federal Member for the seat of Whitlam, after Throsby was renamed in honour of Gough Whitlam.

In his first term Mr Jones served on the House of Representatives Economics Committee as well as the Infrastructure and Communications Committee. He was also active in the area of Manufacturing policy.

In 2013, Mr Jones was appointed by Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten as the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Infrastructure. In 2014 he was appointed to the Shadow Ministry by Mr Shorten as the Shadow Assistant Minister for Health. Stephen continues his work within the Shadow Ministry, most recently being appointed as Shadow Minister for Regional Communications and Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government.

Mr Jones currently serves on the Standing Committee on Health, Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Caucus Committee on Social Policy.

Mr Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wollongong and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Macquarie University.

Prior to entering the Federal Parliament he worked as a community worker for various front line disability services, youth and health services and as a lawyer with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and as the Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

The Hon. Terry Redman MLA Show + Hide -

Minister for Regional Development and Lands WA


Terry’s family farming and small business links to the South West and Great Southern stretch back generations.

Terry began his career in country WA after graduating in Agricultural Science from the University of Western Australia. Prior to entering politics, he was the Principal of the WA College of Agriculture in Denmark and owner of a local small business with his wife Marie.

First elected to Parliament in 2005 as Member for Stirling, Terry has been a staunch defender of regional interests, championing improved services and infrastructure for people who live and work in country WA.

At the 2013 State election, boundary changes created the electorate of Warren-Blackwood, which Terry successfully contested, with local communities embracing Royalties for Regions.

In November 2013 Terry was elected leader of The Nationals WA, taking over the role from Brendon Grylls. He was also appointed Minister of Regional Development; Lands, taking on the responsibility of overseeing the Royalties for Regions program.

Terry is proud to be part of the team delivering Royalties for Regions and to see communities across his electorate benefit from this program.