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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

13 July 2004

Kemp withdraws from Goldstein candidacy

It is with regret that I have advised the Prime Minister and the Liberal Party that I have decided not to proceed with my candidacy for Goldstein for the forthcoming Federal Election.

My reasons are purely personal. I still have a young family and I have come to the view that it would be better over the next few years if I were not absent to the extent that politics would require.

My wife, Anne Marie, and my sons, William (now married), Andrew and Charles have been very tolerant and supportive of the demands of politics over many years, but I have reached the conclusion that the period of fifteen years since my pre-selection, in our particular circumstances, is as long as I should ask.

This has been a difficult decision and I would like to thank all the members of the Liberal Party for their support and particularly those who have been wonderful friends to me and my family over that period.
Commonwealth of Australia