PROUD parents John and Betty Debnam of Banora Point with a family photograph which includes their son Peter who was yesterday v
PROUD parents John and Betty Debnam of Banora Point with a family photograph which includes their son Peter who was yesterday v

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THE newly elected NSW Liberal leader Peter Debnam has strong connections to the Tweed - his parents live here!

The Daily News spoke to the Liberal man of the moment yesterday on the end of what he described as "the week from hell."

"It has been a very big day," he said.

"I'm very pleased that we finally had the opportunity to have the vote and I was elected unopposed."

His parents, John and Betty are pleased and excited about the news as well.

Residing in Banora Point, the couple will be seeing their son sometime this month.

"I am planning on visiting the area (Tweed) frequently, but of course now my diary is currently being looked at and changed around a bit," Mr Debnam said.

"But I will definitely be up there very soon, in fact this month."

For the moment, though, he said he is "determined to get back to work".

Mr Debnam, 51, replaced former leader John Brogden who resigned on Monday and is recovering from an apparent suicide attempt.

Born in April 1954, Mr Debnam and his wife Deborah have two children, Ben and Angela.

The member for Vaucluse and ex-shadow minister for transport services, Mr Debnam is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College and Macquarie Graduate School of Management where he was awarded the Allen Knott Scholar Award.

He previously worked for Dalgety Farmers Limited, as a business development consultant and for Hawker de Havilland and the Australian Aircraft Consortium.

He became a member of the NSW legislative assembly in 1994.

Meanwhile the former NSW opposition leader John Brogden and his wife Lucy have issued a statement thanking their supporters.

Mr Brogden was yesterday recovering in a Sydney clinic after an apparent suicide attempt at his electorate office on Tuesday night.

In a brief statement yesterday, the Brogdens thanked members of the public who had sent them messages of support.

"John and Lucy Brogden and their families would like to extend their enormous gratitude to everyone who has sent messages of love and support over the past few days," the statement said.



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