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Mon, 6th July 2009


Senator the Hon Nick Minchin

Shadow Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

The senior South Australian Federal Liberal MP, Senator Nick Minchin, today congratulated Martin Hamilton-Smith for his dedication and commitment over the past two years as State Opposition Leader, following his

decision not to contest Wednesday’s leadership ballot.

“Martin has worked very hard as State Liberal Leader to hold the Rann Labor Government accountable; to

develop alternative policies; and to prepare the Liberal Party for the 2010 election. I commend him on his

contribution to the Liberal cause in South Australia,” Senator Minchin said.

“It is extremely unfortunate that recent circumstances placed him in this difficult situation and prompted his

decision today not to contest Wednesday’s leadership ballot. This was a courageous decision made in the best

interests of the party.

“It clears the way for a new leader to be elected and for the State Opposition to put the recent events behind it

and to move forward with renewed purpose,” he said.

“As Liberals it is vital that we unite behind the new leader, whoever that might be and provide the necessary

support to ensure the South Australian Opposition quickly gets back on track to present a credible alternative to

the Rann Government.

“Martin Hamilton-Smith also continues to have an important contribution to make and his decision to fully support

the new leader and to continue serving his Waite electorate is both welcome and further demonstrates his

selflessness,” Senator Minchin said.