“I grew up in Airport West, I have lived in and loved this community my entire life.
It is an honour to represent you in the Parliament of Victoria and I am determined to deliver all that I can to the electorate that has delivered so much for me.”
Ben is a local boy, having attended local schools, getting his first job at Kmart and playing footy, basketball and more for local clubs. Brought up by two loving and hard-working parents, Ben knows the value of a dollar and what it means to have someone listen.
Ben was elected the State Member for Niddrie in 2012
In 2017 Ben became Minister for Industry and Employment - overseeing the implementation of Australia’s first ever Local Jobs First legislation and Australia’s first Social Procurement Framework.
2018 Ben was given the portfolios of Corrections, Youth Justice, Crime Prevention and Victim Support - progressing significant reforms for victims of crime, delivering a new 10 year Youth Justice Strategic Plan, and championed new initiatives to address the root causes of crime through jobs, housing and community participation.
Most recently, in June 2020, Ben became Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Roads and Road Safety - overseeing record investments in tram and train rolling stock and the rollout of electric buses. More recently he unveiled Victoria's Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030.
“I believe education is the single most important public investment in our future and I'm most proud to have delivered a record $60 million for our local schools. When children attend a great school that's built to suit their needs, they are better able to learn, grow and find their passion.”
Whether it's fighting for my local community or helping people secure good long-term jobs, I've always remained a passionate advocate for working people and building a fairer community where everyone gets a chance in life.