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Labor MP Kirsten Livermore To Retire At 2013 Election

The Labor member for the Rockhampton-based electorate of Capricornia in Queensland has announced she will retire at the next election.

Kirsten LivermoreLivermore is a former union organiser and solicitor. She has held Capricornia for five elections since winning it in 1998 at the age of 28.

Whilst serving as a shadow parliamentary secretary for six years from 2001, Livermore was never given a post in the Rudd or Gillard governments.

At the 2010 election, Livermore secured 45.77% of the primary vote to 40.42% for the LNP candidate. There was an 8.40% swing against the ALP on the two-party-preferred vote. Livermore won 53.68% of the two-party vote.

Livermore’s departure is unlikely to assist the ALP to hold the seat.

Statement from Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

I pay tribute to my parliamentary colleague and friend, Kirsten Livermore MP, who has announced her retirement from politics after 15 years as Member for Capricornia.

Kirsten and I came into Parliament at the same time and have forged a strong friendship.

Kirsten has been a fantastic local representative and a great mate.

I attended Kirsten’s wedding and have watched on as she has raised her two young children while her husband has been the primary carer with mum away so much of the time.

Kirsten has chosen to devote more time to her family and we can all understand and respect that.

Kirsten will continue to serve the people of Capricornia with distinction until the next election and leaves this place with the affection and respect of her colleagues.

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