Six and out: Forrest to retire after 20 years as Mallee MP

FEDERAL Member for Mallee John Forrest has announced­ his retirement from politics after 20 years of representing Victoria’s biggest electorate.

Mr Forrest yesterday informed the Nationals’ Victorian director that he would not seek pre-selection­ as the party’s candidate for the seat in the September 14 federal election, citing health and family reasons.

Nationals leader Warren Truss joined Mr Forrest for the announcement at Wimmera Machinery Fields Days in Horsham yesterday afternoon.

The announcement came one week shy of Mr Forrest’s 20th anniversary as the incumbent, after he was elected to office on March 13, 1993.

Mr Forrest successfully held the seat at six subsequent­ elections – in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010 – but will not contest again when voters cast their ballots in September.

“It is my intention to retire as the Federal Member­ for Mallee at the next election,” Mr Forrest­ said.

“Having widely consulted with family, supporters, branch members and friends, I have decided to give priority to my health and family.”

The National Party stalwart praised the “determination and resilience” of the Mallee people and thanked constituents, Nationals members and numerous groups and organisations for the support he received throughout his two decades in office.

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