This morning I have informed my ACT Labor colleagues and Shane Rattenbury that I will be a candidate for the upcoming Senate vacancy created by Senator Kate Lundy who has announced she will not be contesting the next federal election.
Because of my decision and out of respect for the office of Chief Minister I have informed my colleagues that I will be resigning as Chief Minister on Wednesday next week.
After much consideration I have decided that I can use the skills I have gained in my time as Chief Minister to step into the federal arena to stand up for Canberra, defend our city and be a strong local voice for our nation’s capital. This job has never been more important than now.
This has been a very difficult decision for me. I love the job of Chief Minister and it has been an absolute privilege to serve the people of the ACT in that capacity over the last three and a half years.
My full statement will be online shortly.
Please follow this link for a full reading of the media release.