Bellarine MP calls time

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville. (Ivan Kemp) 284948_09

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville will not recontest her seat in November’s state election.

Minister Neville made the announcement today, describing it as “one of the hardest decisions I have had to make”. She will continue to serve as Member for Bellarine until the premier announces a new cabinet.

Minister Neville has held Police and Water and Emergency Services portfolios.

In 2016, she became Victoria’s first female Police Minister and has since become the longest serving Police Minister in Victoria.

“I have had the privilege of working with three Premiers – Steve Bracks, John Brumby and Daniel Andrews – and taking on a range of portfolios during those times,” Minister Neville said.

“I thank Steve and John for the confidence they first showed in me, with Steve appointing me as Victoria’s first Minister for Mental Health in 2006, and John later appointing me to critical social policy portfolios in 2007.

“But I want to particularly thank Daniel who has been a great friend and support during my time in the parliament.

“It has been a great honour and privilege to serve as a senior minister in his cabinet since 2014.”

Minister Neville was hospitalised after a long fight with Crohn’s disease.

“After a long and complicated battle with the disease, I was determined to return to work and the privilege of serving the Victorian community,” she said.

“I also wanted to start a more open discussion about Crohn’s. I wanted to prove that despite its debilitating effects, that anyone who experiences the disease does not have to be defined by it. That’s why I was determined to return to work and resume my work responsibilities.

“My recovery in 2021 allowed me to resume work in late 2021, but I know I cannot give another four years. I wish it were otherwise, but I must be honest with myself, the wonderful people I work with and the Bellarine community.”