State Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell would not be drawn yesterday during a visit to Benalla on speculation she will quit Victorian parliament.JARROD WHITTAKER January 24, 2014 4:58am
Mrs Powell was quizzed yesterday about her future while announcing funding for the Bangerang Cultural Centre Co-operative.
‘‘I’m not making any other announcements today,’’ Mrs Powell said. ‘‘The announcement I’m making today is about the funding for the Registered Aboriginal Party and I’m just so busy focused on looking after my electorate.’’
Mrs Powell is one of three Victorian Nationals MPs considering retirement, according to reports.
Last month, the local government and Aboriginal affairs minister denied rumours she would step down at the November election.
However, she issued a non-committal response to the recent speculation.
Yesterday, she did not confirm whether she would recontest Shepparton.
‘‘I’m focused on the electorate, I’m focused on my portfolios of local government and Aboriginal affairs,’’ Mrs Powell said.
‘‘I’ve made a media announcement and there won’t be any changes to that.’’
Nationals nominations for Shepparton open on February 14.
The Nationals will have one new face at the election, with nominations open to replace retiring MP Bill Sykes.
Senior Coalition staffer Stephanie Ryan and former Senate candidate Martin Corboy have already announced they would seek nomination.
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