Statement by the Honourable Peter Ryan MP, Member for Gippsland South
I have today provided to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly my resignation as the Member for Gippsland South.
It has been my singular honour to represent the electors of Gippsland South in the Victorian Parliament for more than 22 years. With the Liberal National Coalition Government having lost office at the November 2014 State Election I believe it is timely and in the best interests of the people of Gippsland South that I now stand aside and enable my successor to be elected.
I have reached this decision after very careful consideration over Christmas and the New Year of all relevant factors and having discussed the matter with my wife Trish and our children.
I wish to thank those many people from the communities of the electorate who have supported me over the years. Together we have been able to achieve wonderful outcomes in a variety of spheres, especially during the four years of the Coalition Government.
I am particularly grateful for the unstinting support I received from the general membership of The Nationals and from the members of the Parliamentary Party during the 15 years I had the honour of leading The Nationals in the Parliament.
I express my sincere thanks to my wife Trish and to our children Sarah, James and Julian for the magnificent support they have provided me since I was first elected in 1992. My subsequent Parliamentary involvement would simply not have been possible without them.
Gippsland South is a wonderful electorate with many glorious natural attributes as well as a diverse and dynamic economic base. It is the people of the region who are its heartbeat. I have come to know them well over more than two decades of representing them in the Parliament and I wish them well for the future.
The Honourable Peter Ryan Member for Gippsland South
Summary of Parliamentary Service Monday 2 February 2015
October 1992: First elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly as the Member for Gippsland South.
Re-elected in 1996, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
December 1999: Elected unopposed as the Parliamentary Leader of The Nationals.
February 2008: Established the Liberal National Coalition in conjunction with The Honourable Ted Baillieu MP, Leader of the Liberal Party.
November 2010: Contested and won the state election with the Liberal National Coalition then forming government.
Appointed Deputy Premier, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Regional and Rural Development and Minister for State Development.
Implemented numerous policy initiatives including establishing and administering the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, establishing the highly successful and strongly supported Protective Services Officers and developing many beneficial changes to the delivery of emergency services including the creation of Emergency Management Victoria (EMV).
November 2014: The Liberal National Coalition contested and lost the state election to Labor.
Chose not to re-nominate as Parliamentary Leader of The Nationals.
February 2015: Resigned as the Member for Gippsland South.
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