The Honourable

Kelly O'Dwyer

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Statement

I joined the Liberal Party as a 17 year old because I believe people should be free to choose their own paths in life, that they should be rewarded for hard work and enterprise, and that everyone, regardless of background or circumstance, deserves respect and the opportunity to live their best life.

I have been profoundly grateful for the opportunity to represent those values and the privilege of representing my local community's issues, both big and small, as the Federal Member for Higgins.

However, today, after much agonising and with a heavy heart, I am announcing that I will not recontest the next election.

This decision has been made both harder, and easier, because of my admiration for, and friendship with the Prime Minister and my conviction that he will lead our Government to victory in May.

I need to be honest that I cannot commit to serve another three years and continue to deliver the quality of service that my country, Party and community are entitled to expect. There have been too many by-elections of late, and I have no intention of causing one in the next Parliament.

The reasons are complex, and the most compelling are deeply personal. Normally, I wouldn't canvass them at all, but some will no doubt try to use my announcement to advance their own agendas - and I do not want that.

Media

Photo of Kelly O'Dwyer as Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations
28/08/2018 - 29/05/2019
Photo of Kelly O'Dwyer as Miniter for Women
Minister for Women
20/12/2017 - 29/05/2019
Photo of Kelly O'Dwyer as The minister assiting the prime minister
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
20/12/2017 - 28/08/2018
Photo of Kelly O'Dwyer as minister for revenue and financial services
Minister for Revenue and Financial Services
19/7/2016 - 28/8/2018
Photo of Kelly O'Dwyer as minister for small business
Minister for Small Business
21/09/2015 - 19/07/2016
Photo of Kelly O'Dwyer as the assistent treasurer
Assistant Treasurer
21/09/2015 - 19/07/2016
Photo of Kelly O'Dwyer as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer
23/12/2014 - 21/09/2015
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Member for Higgins
5/12/2009 - 11/04/2019

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