Federal Minister Kelly O'Dwyer To Quit Politics
Federal Industrial Relations minister Kelly O'Dwyer announced on Saturday she will not be contesting her seat at the upcoming federal election,
Joined by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, O'Dwyer announced she was quitting for "a very personal reason": to give her and her husband the "best opportunity" to have a third child.
"We need to be realistic," O'Dwyer said. "I turn 42 years of age this year, and everything has to go right."
O'Dywer added that her two children will turn primary school age during the next three years, and over this past Christmas had realised how much of their childhood she was missing.
"Everyone makes sacrifices for their work, and I know I am in a more fortunate position than most," she said.
"I will no longer miss out on seeing my children when they wake up in the morning, and when they go to bed at night."
O'Dwyer said she had total confidence in her seat and in Morrison's leadership.
The Prime Minister said he respected that O'Dwyer "made the right choice for her family", and wished her well.
The minister was elected to represent the Melbourne electorate of Higgins at the 2009 by-election, and was re-elected in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
O'Dwyer held a number of ministerial portfolios under Prime Ministers Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison. She took over the Jobs and Industrial Relations portfolio from Michaelia Cash following the most recent Liberal party spill.
After the Liberal party wipe out at the Victorian by-election, O'Dwyer reportedly unleashed an extraordinary attack on her own party, telling her colleagues during a crisis meeting that Liberals are regarded as "homophobic, anti-women, climate-change deniers".
O'Dwyer's announcement comes one day after Tasmanian Liberal senator David Bushby announced he would not be contesting his seat.
Hours later, he was confirmed by Foreign Minister Marise Payne to be Australia's new consul-general in Chicago.
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