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Statement by Hon. Gary Gray AO



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THE HON GARY GRAY AO MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES SHADOW MINISTER FOR NORTHERN AUSTRALIA SHADOW SPECIAL MINISTER OF STATE

MEMBER FOR BRAND

STATEMENT BY HON. GARY GRAY AO MP

This evening I advised my local Labor Party rank and file members of my intention not to recontest the seat of Brand at the 2016 election.

At my regular Brand Electorate Council meeting I informed members that after 9 years I felt it was time to move on, and to support renewal in the WA Federal Parliamentary Party.

I have also discussed this decision with Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten.

The portfolios of Resources, Energy, Economic policy, Northern Australia, and Electoral Reform have long been my passion and I would like to thank Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Bill Shorten along with my all colleagues for allowing me the opportunity to work at the highest level in these fields and to cut my teeth in Small Business, Tourism and Regional Development.

I thank my wife Deb and my family, my staff, friends and all the members of the Australian Labor Party.

I joined a union and the Australian Labor Party at the age of 16. After 41 years of continuous membership, 7 years as National Secretary and 9 years in the Federal Parliament, I am pleased to say it’s time for renewal and regeneration.

I thank the people of Rockingham, Kwinana and Mandurah for their support and goodwill throughout a wonderful period in Parliament.

I wish Bill Shorten and my colleagues in the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party well. They are a terrific group of people, they will form a great government.

I have offered my resignation from the Shadow Cabinet, although I will serve in whatever capacity Bill Shorten seeks of me until the election later this year.

I thank my state colleagues, especially Mark McGowan, Paul Papalia, David Templeman and Roger Cook. I wish them all well for the future.

My staff have been loyal, hardworking and committed to the community we serve, and I thank them for that.

Career Highlights:

One of the Australian Labor Party’s youngest and longest serving National Secretaries. Executive Director of the Western Australian Institute of Medical Research, now the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in 2003 for his

contribution to Electoral Reform and affirmative action in the Australian Labor Party. A member of the Executive Team at Woodside Energy from 2001 to 2007.

TUESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2016

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