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Evan Mulholland becomes Opposition deputy leader

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Jordyn Grubisic
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Jordyn Grubisic is a senior journalist for the North Central Review primarily covering politics at all levels and sport with a particular interest in basketball. Since 2019 she has worked for several publications across Victoria including most recently at the Alexandra Standard and Yea Chronicle. She is always keen to hear from local community members about issues they face and has an interest in crime and court reporting.

Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Evan Mulholland is the new deputy leader of the Victorian Liberals, following a reshuffle of the Coalition’s shadow cabinet last week.

Mr Mulholland will also become shadow minister for home ownership and housing affordability, and for outer suburban growth.

Coalition leader John Pesutto said the elevation of Mr Mulholland to the shadow cabinet would help focus the party heading into the 2026 election.

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“[It] has given us a good opportunity to make some further changes to ensure we are focused on the issues important to Victorians as we build on our plan to take to the 2026 election,” he said.

“Evan is ideally placed to take on the key issue of home ownership and housing affordability to ensure we can deliver greater affordability and opportunity for young Victorians to aspire to the housing dream.

“He will ensure we are also addressing the issues confronting Victoria’s growth corridors.”

Mr Mulholland said he was honoured to receive the appointments.

“I remain passionate about helping more young Victorians and migrant families achieve the great Australian dream of home ownership,” he said.

“The legacy of a responsible government is to leave the next generation better than how you found it.

“Unfortunately, the reverse is true when it comes to this tired Labor Government, who through increased taxes is making the dream of home ownership so much harder for my generation.

“In my new capacity as shadow minister for outer suburban growth, I plan to hold this government to account for its botched delivery of growth suburbs, including lack of investment in infrastructure, jobs and transport in growth corridors across the state.

“The Victorian Liberals and Nationals will continue to work hard to ensure every Victorian can enjoy a liveable local community and have the best opportunity to enjoy the financial and social benefits home ownership brings.”

Other changes announced include Member for Bullen and former leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy joining shadow cabinet as shadow minister for public transport and Member for Eildon Cindy McLeish adding Workcover and TAC to her existing portfolios.

“I hope there will be further opportunities to continue to promote and reward rising talent currently outside of shadow cabinet as we continue to build our team and policies in the lead up to the 2026 election,” Mr Pesutto said.

“We will work hard every day to ensure Victorians have the leadership and government they deserve and build a strong plan to take into the 2026 election.”

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