Tuesday 22 November 2016
Retirement of Murray Thompson MP
Murray Thompson has announced that he will not seek a further term as the Member for Sandringham at the next state election.
For 24 years, Murray has been an invaluable member of the Parliamentary Liberal Party.
First elected as the Member for Sandringham in 1992, his local community has re-elected him six times to represent them in the Victorian Parliament.
Between 2002 and 2008, Murray served on the Liberal Party front bench in a number of key positions including Manager of Opposition and as Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Citizenship, Multicultural Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs. He was well respected in all portfolio areas, particularly Multicultural Affairs.
Prior to entering Parliament, Murray was a highly-skilled footballer, wearing the yellow and black stripes for the Richmond Football Club in the VFL between 1973 and 1976.
After injury cut his VFL career short, Murray was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as a barrister and solicitor in 1982. He practised for a decade, much of which with his wife Theana, before successfully standing for the seat of Sandringham in 1992, achieving one of the largest state-wide swings at that election.
Since then Murray has been an extraordinarily strong advocate for the people of Sandringham. He has never lost sight of his service to his constituency and his commitment to public service for more than two decades is a wonderful example to all.
Murray’s steadfast friendship, sage advice and continual composure will be greatly missed around the corridors of Parliament by all members, particularly myself.
I wish Murray and Theana and their family all the very best for their life post-politics.