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THE NEW FACES

Sydney Morning Herald

Monday March 28, 2011

MARK SPEAKMANLiberal, CronullaA Cambridge University-educated lawyer, Speakman has been a senior counsel for seven years. He is a moderate in the party and may aspire to become attorney-general, although Greg Smith, who will be sworn in to the job this week, has the confidence of Barry O'Farrell and was deputy director of public prosecutions before entering Parliament. Speakman succeeds another lawyer, Malcolm Kerr, in the Sutherland Shire seat.GABRIELLE UPTONLiberal, VaucluseUpton was deputy chancellor and pro chancellor at the University of NSW, where she also completed her undergraduate degrees in law and arts. In the early 1990s she moved to the US to study for an MBA at New York University and worked in merchant banking, then returned to Australia to become legal counsel at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Upton's experience in corporate law and business administration strengthens her claim to a ministry in the future.BART BASSETTLiberal, LondonderryThe helicopter pilot-turned Hawkesbury mayor won his seat on Sydney's north-western fringe from Labor's Allan Shearan on a 19 per cent swing. Bassett is considered a moderate one reason he did not gain preselection for a safe Liberal seat in the north-west but his strong performance in the campaign has reportedly impressed Barry O'Farrell. Bassett was also a key player in the Western Regional Organisation of Councils, making him a contender for the job of minister for western Sydney, should O'Farrell create such a position.BRYAN DOYLELiberal, CampbelltownThe local chief inspector of police scored one of the biggest upsets of the election, wresting the south-western Sydney seat from Labor with a swing of close to 20 per cent. Doyle, who has lived in the Macarthur region for 24 years, was the unanimous choice of Liberal preselectors. His low-key campaign almost doubled the Liberals' primary vote in a seat long considered a Labor stronghold, largely because of its public housing and low-income residents.TROY GRANTNationals, DubboAnother police officer who has delivered, winning back the central western NSW seat from the independent Dawn Fardell with a swing of 14.5 per cent. Grant, who was a local inspector, also brings some star power, having twice won the Police Commissioner's Commendation. He is well known for his involvement in programs to recruit Aboriginal police and as the coach of several juniors teams in soccer and rugby league.

© 2011 Sydney Morning Herald

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