LOWAN MP Hugh Delahunty has announced that he will step down at the November election, kicking off a search for a new candidate and possibly a Cabinet reshuffle.
Mr Delahunty said it was up to the Victorian Premier to decide if he will continue to be Sports, Recreation and Veterans Affairs Minister.
“I believe it is time I spent more time with my family and assisting and supporting my seven wonderful grandchildren, re-connect with friends, play a game of golf and travel,’ Mr Delahunty said.
“My wife Judie has been a great support to me, and I now look forward to spending quality time with her and my family.”
The National Party will now hold a preselection process for the seat of Lowan and a candidate could to be named this Friday.
Mr Delahunty’s decision follows that of fellow National Party frontbencher, Jeanette Powell, who announced her retirement from Parliament over the weekend.
Mr Delahunty informed his staff in Horsham and Melbourne of his decision on Friday before informing the Premier, Denis Napthine and the National Party.
“It’s been my great privilege to serve the people of Lowan, and the people of Wimmera before that,” Mr Delahunty said.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.