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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Paul Lucas announces retirement from politics

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    Paul Lucas announces retirement from politics

    Queensland Deputy Premier Paul Lucas has announced he will retire from politics at the next State Government election.

    Mr Lucas, who has been in Queensland Parliament for 15 years, will also step down as Deputy Premier tomorrow but remain as Attorney General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister for State.

    Mr Lucas has been the Member for Lytton since 1996, served as a member of state Cabinet since 2001 and has been Deputy Premier since 2007.

    He was first appointed to Cabinet in 2001 when he served as Minister for Innovation and Information Economy until 2004.

    Following that, Mr Lucas served as Minister for Transport and Main Roads between 2004 and 2007.
    In 2007, he was elected by Caucus to be Deputy Premier and was also appointed Minister for Infrastructure and Planning.

    Following the 2009 election, Mr Lucas was re-appointed Deputy Premier and appointed as Health Minister and continued as Health Minister until March 2011.

    Mr Lucas stayed and was then appointed as Attorney General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State.

    “I’m proud to be part of a Labor Government that has served Queenslanders well and changed Queensland for the better,” Mr Lucas said.

    “That’s why I’ll be staying on to fight for the re-election of a Labor Government with Anna Bligh at the helm.

    “The reality is that 15 years is a long time in politics and I believe now is the best time for me to announce that I won’t be contesting the next election.

    “I have been truly privileged to represent the Electorate of Lytton for 15 years and I thank my constituents for choosing me to represent them.

    “It’s a vibrant and lively community and I’ll be sad to stop taking up their causes in Parliament.”

    Mr Lucas thanked his family, Premier Anna Bligh, former Premier Peter Beattie, his Ministerial and Parliamentary colleagues and electorate and ministerial staff who have worked with him over the years.

    “Each portfolio has had its challenges and enjoyments and I’ve been privileged to work with people I greatly admire.”

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