Darren Jeffrey Chester (born 13 September 1967) is an Australian politician. He has been a member of the House of Representatives for Gippsland in Victoria, representing the Nationals since 2008. Chester has served as the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, and the Minister for Defence Personnel since 5 March 2018 , following a rearrangement of the second Turnbull Ministry.
Chester served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence in the Abbott ministry from September 2013 to September 2015. In the Turnbull Government he was appointed Assistant Minister for Defence from 21 September 2015; and between 18 February 2016 and 20 December 2017, Chester served as the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport following a rearrangement in the First Turnbull Ministry. He briefly served in the Second Turnbull Ministry as the acting Minister for Regional Development and as the acting Minister for Local Government and Territories between October and December 2017, following the resignation of Fiona Nash.
Prior to entering federal politics, he worked as a newspaper and television journalist throughout Gippsland and was chief of staff to Peter Ryan, the leader of the Nationals in the Victorian state parliament. Chester contested Gippsland East as the National Party candidate at the 2002 Victorian state election, losing to independent Craig Ingram. In 2004, he unsuccessfully stood for National Party preselection for the Senate position held by Julian McGauran. McGauran retained his party endorsement and was re-elected later that year, only to defect to the Liberals in 2006.
- Chester, Darren (26 August 2008). "First Speech to Parliament" (PDF). Hansard: House of Representatives. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- Turnbull, Malcolm (1 March 2018). "Changes to the Ministry" (Press release). Government of Australia. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
The Hon Darren Chester MP will return to the Ministry as Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel and Minister Assisting for the Centenary of ANZAC.
- "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- "Parliament of Australia website for Darren Chester". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
- Massola, James (13 February 2016). "Cabinet reshuffle: Malcolm Turnbull announces new frontbench as Mal Brough resigns". The Age. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- "Ministerial Swearing-in Ceremony". Events. Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
- Turnbull, Malcolm (19 December 2017). "Ministerial Arrangements" (Press release). Government of Australia. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
I take this opportunity to thank Darren Chester for his significant contributions to the Cabinet as the outgoing Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. I know that we will all continue to call on his wisdom and experience.
- McIlroy, Tom (23 February 2018). "Nationals leadership: who could replace Barnaby Joyce?". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
- "Gippsland East District". State Election 2002. Victorian Electoral Commission. 2002.
- Wright, Tony (28 June 2008). "Timely political payback by McGauran?". The Age.
- Parliament House Library Archived 17 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Darren Chester first National MP to announce support for same-sex marriage". ABC News. Australia. 9 June 2015.
- "About Darren Chester". Darren Chester MP. Darren Chester. 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- Parliamentary biography
- First Speech to Parliament – Google Video
- First Speech to Parliament – Text
- Search or browse Hansard for Darren Chester at OpenAustralia.org
|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Gippsland
| Minister for Veterans' Affairs
| Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC|
| Minister for Defence Personnel|
as Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
| Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
| Assistant Minister for Defence