25-year vet­eran to re­sign

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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