Media Release – Last day for New England MP
August 5, 2013:
Today marks the end of an era for retiring New England MP, Tony Windsor.
After twenty-two years he will step down as the parliamentary representative for the electorate when the writs are issued to dissolve the 43rd Australian Parliament.
Whilst Mr Windsor has mixed feelings about his decision to retire, he knows it is the correct one.
He said thank you to the people of New England and wished them well for the future.
“It has been a great honour and privilege to have been the Member for New England and prior to that the State Member for Tamworth.
“I have many happy memories and have enjoyed working with the people from communities within the electorate and more broadly from regional Australia.
“Many people contribute to our communities’ development and I am pleased to have been able to assist wherever possible.
“I thank the people of New England for their support and input over the years and wish them well for the future.
“I’m not going anywhere – I was born here and lived all my life here so I look forward to seeing the growth of opportunities and services in the region so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy everything the New England has to offer.
“It’s a great place in which to have a great lifestyle and I look forward to continuing to be part of the community in the years ahead,” Mr Windsor said.
Tony's Valedictory Speech to the Australian Parliament
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Click here for pdf of speech transcript