Peter Hall announces retirement

AFTER more than a quarter of a century in parliament, Peter Hall will retire from politics at the next state election.

The Nationals MLC for Eastern Victoria informed Premier Denis Napthine and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan on Thursday night of his decision not to stand at the November election.

“After more than 25 years as the member for Gippsland Province and more recently Eastern Victoria region, I feel that it is time I give more of my time to family and interests outside of parliament,” Mr Hall said.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in parliament and in particular the last three years as a Minister of the Crown. It has been a great honour to serve both the electorate of Eastern Victoria and the wider community as part of my ministerial duties.

“I am extremely grateful for the support of my constituents throughout the seven terms of parliament in which I have been elected to serve. I would also like to thank the Nationals for their endorsement over those 25 years and for the leadership of the party throughout that time, particularly our current leader Peter Ryan.

“I also wish to thank Ted Baillieu and Denis Napthine for the opportunity to be part of their ministerial teams and I offer my ongoing support in the lead up to the November election.”

Mr Hall is the current Minister for Higher Education and Skills and the Teaching Profession.

Of the five Eastern Victoria upper house members elected at the 2006 election, only the Liberals’ Edward O’Donohue, will contest this year’s election.

Philip Davis has already left parliament, with the Liberals recently elected Andrew Ronalds as his replacement.

The two Labor members, Matt Viney and Johan Scheffer, have announced they will be retiring at the next election.