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Senator Nick Sherry's media releases


12 Dec 2011
Senator The Hon Nick Sherry 

Today I am announcing my retirement from the Ministry, with my final day being tomorrow, Tuesday 13 December.

There are three interrelated reasons for my decision:

  • Serving 14 years on the front bench during more than 21 years in the Senate – three years as a parliamentary secretary (1993-96), seven years as a shadow minister (between 1996-2007) and four years as a minister since 2007.
  • I have just turned 56.
  • I have three young children.

Given these factors, I believe it is an appropriate time to step aside well before the next election to allow another member of the Parliamentary Labor Party the opportunity to serve as a minister.
This was my decision taken after consultation with close friends outside the Parliament. I then informed the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and Senate Government Leader, Chris Evans.

I am fit, energetic, enjoy good health and I am happy with life.

I have enjoyed immensely a wide range of responsibilities - in primary industry and resources, superannuation and corporate law, assistant treasurer, small business, tourism and deregulation.

The policy challenges were significant, particularly during the Global Financial Crisis phase 1.

I have been proud to represent Australia and to have been a minister in successive Labor Governments.

I thank Prime Minister Gillard for appointing me in 2010. The trust and confidence is appreciated. We have enjoyed a very good working relationship. I also thank her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, for my initial appointment as Australia’s first Superannuation Minister. We have also enjoyed a very good relationship.

I thank all leaders of the Parliamentary Labor Party, ministerial colleagues (particularly Senate Leader Chris Evans and former leader Senator John Faulkner), my parliamentary colleagues, staff, public servants, a wide range of organisations and individuals in the community and the media.

I will be continuing as Senator for Tasmania, however will not contest pre-selection in 2013 and look forward to the challenges in 2012 and beyond.

I wish all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

A printable version of the statement [PDF 32 KB] is available.


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