LOWAN MP Hugh Delahunty will stand in this year’s state election as his Coalition colleagues start declare their future intentions before Parliament resumes next month.
“At this stage it’s my intention to stand,” Mr Delahunty said.
“There are 88 seats in the lower house and 40 seats in the upper house and I expect we’ll see a number of members announce their own decisions.
“I’ve been in Parliament since 1999 and have seen four election periods and each one is like a job interview except you’re facing 35,000-40,000 people who will decide if you should represent them.”
Mr Delahunty currently serves as Sports and Recreation Minister, as well as Veteran Affairs Minister, and will oversee the ANZAC Centenary if the Coalition wins another term.
Mr Delahunty’s intention to run follows the announcement by Bass MP Ken Smith, the 69-year-old Liberal Party Parliamentary Speaker, that he will not contest his seat this November.
Mr Smith was placed at the centre of a political crisis last year when the independent MP Geoff Shaw declared he had no confidence in his performance as Speaker.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, January 16, 2014