Drum on the march to November election

MEMBER for Northern Victoria Damian Drum says he would put his hand up to take one of a number of cabinet position vacated by outgoing Nationals members.

Mr Drum declared that if the Coalition win this year's state election he would nominate to join the front bench.

"Absolutely. If I was asked," he said.

"You don't get into this job unless you want to make a difference. If you want to make a difference then you want to be in cabinet."

Fellow Nationals, Sport Minister Hugh Delahunty and Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell, have both announced they are not contesting the November election.

It's believed Higher Education Minister Peter Hall is also considering stepping down.

Mr Drum, a Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development, said the retirements represented a changing of the guard.

"Obviously their retirements have coincided with the party calling for pre-selections for various electorates.

"It's entirely appropriate for them to make those decisions now. It really hasn't surprised anybody from within the party." 

He said the Nationals were in a good position for succession plans.

Paul Weller, whose Echuca-based seat of Rodney was scrapped due to a change in electoral boundaries, said he was keen on running again. He will nominate as the fourth candidate for Northern Victoria in the upper house.

"We would have to get a substantial swing to us for me to get in," he said.

Nationals state director Jenny Hammett said there was a new generation of members coming through.

“We certainly have some good young candidates," she said.

"We’ve got a pre-selection in Euroa this week that has a lot of great young candidates."

"There's an opportunity for another group to come forward. Some will be younger generation, some will be strong community people. The key factor is who will be a strong voice for the region."

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