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As with all victories, the result in the 2016 election could not have been achieved without the tireless efforts of an extremely dedicated team.

I am extremely grateful to the people of O’Connor for putting their faith in me to represent the electorate in Canberra for another term.

I worked extremely hard to deliver for O’Connor during my first term, and I promise to bring that same enthusiasm and commitment in the future.

But before we move forward, I want to thank the wonderful team of volunteers and supporters who contributed to what was ultimately a successful campaign.

Every person who erected a sign, manned polling booths to hand out how-to-vote cards, or offered messages of support throughout the marathon campaign contributed to this victory.

Without grassroots support, the campaign we ran would not have been possible and I can’t overstate the importance of those people who volunteered their time to help out.

So to everyone who supported my campaign for a second term, I want to thank you for your generosity and commitment.

I’ll do everything in my power to make sure O’Connor continues to have strong representation in the years ahead.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.