New MPS sworn in and ready to go

Newly sworn in MP for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has a laugh with Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Member for Cootamundra Stephanie Cooke and Member for Murray Austin Evans were both officially sworn in to NSW Parliament on Tuesday.

While both have already been active in their roles, the swearing-in means that both can participate in the Legislative Assembly when parliament sits.

“I’m so proud that my swearing in is finally here,” Ms Cooke said. “I’m proud to represent my family, my community back home in Temora, and across the electorate. I’m looking forward to getting on and getting done what they need me to do.

“I hit the ground running straight after the by-election. I was at the Cowra Show the very next day and I haven’t stopped since. I’m catching up with residents day in, day out to hear their concerns and I look forward to meeting everybody across the electorate in the coming months.”

The official swearing in is quite a short procedure, with the newly-elected members pledging a quick oath to Queen Elizabeth, followed by signing a few official documents.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said that it was a “great day for the government of NSW”.

“I’m excited and absolutely honoured to welcome two new members to the parliament. Most importantly it means that Steph and Austin can get on with the job of delivering for their communities. For the National party, this is about making sure you have a strong voice in government, and you’ve got that in both Steph and Austin.”

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