WESTERN Victoria MP David Koch has joined the ever-growing number of politicians who will not contest the November 29 Victorian State election.
Mr Koch announced last Friday that he was retiring from the seat he has held since 2002 to spend more time with his family.
He strenuously denied he had been asked to resign to give his seat to Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Women’s Affairs and Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge after her seat of Doncaster disappeared under an electoral re-distribution.
“I approached the Premier and indicated I wasn’t going on; the Premier didn’t come to me at all and as far as Mary Wooldridge is concerned, Western Victoria would love to have a minister of that calibre in our patch,” Mr Koch said.
“But, Mary is a metropolitan person; her family is in metropolitan Melbourne and quite obviously that’s where she would prefer to stay, but she would be most welcome if she wanted to come (to western Victoria) but it has nothing to do with my retirement.”
Ms Wooldridge failed in her bid to gain pre-selection for the lower house seat of Kew and is looking for a seat to contest the state election.
Full story in the Casterton News on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.