BRUCE SCOTT TO RETIRE
25-year veteran to resign
AFTER a quarter of a century representing the Southern Downs in Federal parliament, Maranoa MP Bruce Scott is hanging up his hat and calling it a day.
Mr Scott, who is the longest running member in the seat’s history, has announced he will not stand at the Federal Election next year.
The 73-year-old was elected to parliament in 1990, and has held a number of prominent positions including Minister for Veterans Affairs and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
There was speculation before the 2013 election that Mr Scott would be replaced by Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce or Warwick identity David Littleproud.
In the lead-up to the election Mr Joyce reportedly made it clear that if Mr Scott didn’t contest the election, he would put up his hand for Maranoa.
Neither of the men ended up running against Mr Scott for pre-selection.
In the 2013 federal election Mr Scott suffered an 8% swing against him, despite recording a comfortable 57.42% of the votes.
Southern Downs MP Lawrence Springborg, who last month ruled out moving to federal politics, declined to comment on Mr Scott’s resignation.
Reflecting on his time in parliament Mr Scott said he had proudly taken the fight of his constituents to the floor of parliament.
“I have fought hard for better agricultural, health and education outcomes and to improve the local telecommunications and transport networks across the electorate,” Mr Scott said.
“I value the friendship shown to me by my state and federal colleagues and appreciate the support of my constituency.”
Mr Scott said that following his retirement from Federal Parliament at the next election he would pursue other interests and spend time with family.
"Until the Federal Election, due to be held in the second half of 2016, I will continue to be a strong voice for the Maranoa and represent my constituents in Federal Parliament," he said.
"I will also remain active in my role as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and chairman of the trade sub-committee, as well as my other parliamentary commitments."
Before he was elected to parliament, Roma-born Mr Scott served as president of the Queensland Merino Stud Sheep Breeders Association and president of the Maranoa Graziers’ Association. and president of the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders.
Maranoa is the second safest LNP seat in the country, with Labor needing a 22% swing to win at the next election.
BOWING OUT: Federal LNP Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott has announced his retirement this week.