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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. [Read more…]