VICTORIA’S new Agriculture Minister knows what it’s like to drink milk straight from the cow, and how to bag a slaughtered animal.
Mary-Anne Thomas was recently promoted to the front bench as Ag Minister following a cabinet reshuffle, with former minister Jaclyn Symes now serving as the Attorney-General.
Ms Thomas, who represents the central-Victorian seat of Macedon, also picked up the Regional Development portfolio.
The newly-minted minister grew up in north-east Victoria, where one side of her family were beef and dairy farmers, while the others were general storekeepers.
“I know what it’s like to travel long distances on a school bus, to drink milk straight from the cow, and to bag and freeze a slaughtered sheep,” Ms Thomas said.