Dan is the man for the Liberals

NEW DEPUTY: The man who represents Port Augusta in the seat of Stuart is now second-in-command for the state government, with Dan van Holst Pellekaan filling the void left by Attorney-General Vicki Chapman.
NEW DEPUTY: The man who represents Port Augusta in the seat of Stuart is now second-in-command for the state government, with Dan van Holst Pellekaan filling the void left by Attorney-General Vicki Chapman.

Stuart MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan has been elected the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, taking up the role following the resignation of Attorney-General Vicki Chapman.

Mr van Holst Pellekaan has been a Cabinet Minister in the Marshall Liberal Government since 2018 and was first elected the Member for Stuart in 2010.

In a statement, Premier Steven Marshall described his new deputy as 'conscientious, hardworking and invaluable' who was a 'valuable colleague and a stoic advocate for our regions'.

"Dan has led the state out of South Australia's darkest days of blackouts and skyrocketing energy prices to stabilise our electricity system and save South Australians on average $303 a year on their bills," he said.

"He has played a major part in getting South Australia's interconnector signed, sealed and on the way to being delivered - lowering power prices even further for South Australians in the coming years."

Mr Marshall also praised Mr van Holst Pellekaan for providing 'strong, decisive leadership' for South Australia's energy and mining sectors as Energy Minister.

"These sectors employ more than 49,000 South Australians, generate over $320 million of royalties per annum and contributed $8.7 billion of the State's economic output in 2020," he said.

"My government's 100 per cent focus has always been, and continues to be, keeping South Australians safe, our economy strong and creating as many jobs as possible as we transition to a new COVID normal."

Mr van Holst Pellekaan was contacted for comment.

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