The Courier-Mail

Napthine bows out of Victorian politics

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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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