The Courier-Mail

Napthine bows out of Vic­to­rian pol­i­tics

- Denis Napthine · Ted Baillieu

AF­TER a po­lit­i­cal ca­reer span­ning al­most three decades, for­mer Vic­to­rian premier De­nis Napthine has stepped aside to m make way for fresh ideas.

The vet­eri­nar­ian-turnedp politi­cian (pic­tured) will serve his last day in state par­lia­ment on Thurs­day af­ter an­nounc­ing his res­ig­na­tion yesterday.

Dr Napthine rep­re­sented Vic­to­ria’s south­west coast elec­torate and held roles as op­po­si­tion leader and premier.

“I bow out of pol­i­tics and par­lia­men­tary life with many, many happy mem­o­ries, with life­long friends and hope­fully with a record that says I made a dif­fer­ence to my com­mu­nity and to this great state, which I love so much,” he said.

Dr Napthine was sworn in as premier on his birth­day in 2013 af­ter the shock res­ig­na­tion of Ted Bail­lieu. Af­ter only 20 months in the top job he moved to the back bench.

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