Earlier this month, while on leave during the school holidays, I determined that I would inform the Premier I would step down from Cabinet as part of the next reshuffle. The events of the past 24 hours mean that time has come.
My decision is for personal, family reasons.
However, I will continue as Member for Maylands.
As Minister for the Environment since 2001, and in the past 12 months as Minister for Science, I am proud of the achievements of the Labor Government. These include the ending of logging old-growth native forests and the creation of 36 new national parks and nature reserves; the further protection of Ningaloo Reef and the creation of new and extended marine park and reserves; the introduction of new environmental legislation and an Environmental Enforcement Unit; the approval of environmentally acceptable major expansions in the State’s mining industry; and the creation of new centres of excellence for scientific research.
I thank my Cabinet and Parliamentary colleagues for their support for me as a Minister. I also thank staff of the departments for which I have had responsibility for their commitment to the Government’s policies to conserve the natural environment of WA.
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