Monday 31 August 2015
Hon Dr Denis Napthine MP
Today we celebrate Denis Napthine’s career and his service and contribution to Victoria.
Following a successful career as a veterinarian, Dr Napthine was elected to Parliament in 1988 in the seat of Portland, and in 2002 following redistribution, he became the Member for South-West Coast. Denis served his communities with passion, drive and results.
During the Kennett Government, Dr Napthine was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health from 1992-96, Minister for Youth and Community Services from 1996-99 and Treasurer in 1999.
Following the election of the Bracks Government in 1999, Denis served his Party as Leader of the Opposition in what was a difficult time for the Opposition.
With the election of the Baillieu Government in December 2010, Dr Napthine served with distinction as Minister for Ports, Major Projects, Regional Cities and Racing.
In March 2013, Dr Napthine was elected by his Liberal Party colleagues to the role of Premier. He served with distinction and honour, providing strong leadership and vision to the Liberal-Nationals Government.
In his time as Premier, Dr Napthine oversaw the rebuilding of Victoria’s economy which provided the foundation for an ambitious infrastructure program. He was a Premier with a vision for a comprehensive, fully-funded transport infrastructure plan which is so missing today. History will record Denis Napthine as being on the right side of the debate on the need for the East West Link and Melbourne Airport Rail Link.
The Napthine Government introduced a range of important measures to improve community safety, including placing protective services officers at train stations, recruiting nearly 2,000 additional police across Victoria and tougher bail and parole laws.