Mrs Coote (4.02.2014)

Written on the 28 February 2014

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) - Just over two weeks ago Andrea Coote announced her intention to retire from the Victorian Parliament at this year's upcoming state election, an announcement that took many by surprise. What should not be a surprise is the acknowledgement of her various contributions by many people across the Victorian community, all of whom recognise the work she has done for our great party, her work in representing the electorates of Monash Province and then Southern Metropolitan Region, her work on numerous parliamentary committees and her work serving as Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services since 2010. Having responsibility in this portfolio area requires her to work with some of the most vulnerable members of our community, which she does with such commitment and compassion.

Andrea's contribution to public life, having represented her community so effectively for over 15 years, is a great example for many of us. She has enormous capacity and is widely respected. In addition to her current role, she has held several leadership positions and a number of shadow ministry portfolios.

She is also the longest-serving female Liberal Party member of the Legislative Council.

Much is said about women in politics. Andrea is one woman who can be very satisfied with the part she has played as a role model for anyone thinking about a career in politics. For me she has been an extraordinary mentor, colleague and friend over many years, having given such wise counsel on a range of issues. She will leave this place at the end of the year, and until then she will continue with as much energy as always.

Andrea will be missed by the Victorian Parliament, but I hope -- and I have no doubt -- that the next phase of her life will see her contribute in other ways that provide her with fulfilment and utilise her vast knowledge and expertise.


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