Ben Franklin is a Nationals Member of the NSW Legislative Council. He has been based on the NSW Far North Coast since his election to Parliament in 2015. His hobbies include bush walking in our local national parks, playing squash and spending time with family and friends on the beach in summer.
Immediately prior to entering the NSW Parliament, Ben was the State Director of the NSW Nationals where he served the Party for seven years. Before this, he was the National Director of Communication and Advocacy for UNICEF Australia.
In February 2017, Ben was asked to serve as the Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW and Renewable Energy. Through his ongoing association with the North Coast, Ben is passionate about working with residents and groups to achieve strong outcomes for the community.
In 2019, Ben took on the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Energy and the Arts and continues to make sure that regional NSW is represented and championed by The Nationals in Parliament.
In 2021, Ben became Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Arts and Regional Youth and is committed to serving the people of NSW.
Ben is passionate about our regional towns and making sure they have access to employment, cultural and educational opportunities.
His energy and tireless advocacy for those who live in the regions ensures the residents of Northern NSW are always represented.
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