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Mr BROADBENT (McMillan) (13:41): My friend the member for Gippsland and transport minister, Darren Chester, has a great saying, and it is so true. He says, ‘For all their platitudes, their chest puffing and their moralising, the Greens have never created one...read more
Mr BROADBENT (McMillan) (13:55): One hundred and seventy three people killed, 410 people injured on one day—all on Black Saturday. Hundreds and hundreds of lives were saved by the work of our CFA that day. It was a shocking, horrific day, when even this parliament was...read more
Russell has lived in the McMillan electorate all of his life. He was born in Koo Wee Rup, and lives in Pakenham with his wife, Bronwyn. They have three adult children.
Russell was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1990 for the seat of Corinella. He narrowly lost the 1993 election, however in 1996 was successful in gaining election to the seat of McMillan.
Russell has played a pivotal role in acquiring drought relief for farmers in Gippsland, securing the mobility payment for people with disabilities and giving assistance to small businesses in the region.