“I have advised the Premier that I will be bringing my Parliamentary career to an end and standing down from my Ministerial positions before Christmas.
“After 26 years of Parliamentary service and 13 years in the ministries of three Labor Governments, it’s time to pass on the baton.
“While I want to continue to work to take our community forward, I am ready to relinquish the high-pressure life of a Minister.
“The ministerial role provides an incredible opportunity to shape the agenda of our State, but it is extremely demanding and all-absorbing.
“I also believe it is important to give the many talented and committed members - who have come to Parliament more recently - the opportunity to have a go.
“I like to think I have always worked hard to encourage and assist those coming after me, just as I had the benefit of the support and wisdom from the Labor Members who mentored me.
“I had told the Premier before the last election that 2022 would be my last year in Parliament. I will continue in the meantime to finish a number of projects, keep the momentum in my portfolios, and make sure we are in good shape for a hand over.”
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