Senator Kim Carr
Labor Senator for Victoria
27 March 2022
I have decided not to seek endorsement for a place on the Labor Party’s Victorian Senate ticket at the coming federal election. When my current term ends on June 30, it will bring to an end my time as a senator, which began in April 1993, when I filled a casual vacancy created by the retirement of John Button.
Being given the responsibility of representing the people of Victoria in the Senate on behalf of the Labor Party has been an immense honour and privilege. The Labor Party’s mission to create a fairer Australia never ends and while I would have liked to have continued to pursue it in the Parliament, issues with my health have made that inadvisable. In light of recent tragic developments, and following determined urgings from my children, I concluded that it was time for me to reassess my priorities.
I thank the thousands of Labor Party members and unionists who, through the decades, made my time in Parliament a reality; I hope that they will judge that I produced a decent return on their efforts by advancing the Labor cause.
I am proud of the achievements of my team over nearly three decades. With the staff who have worked for and with me, we have, I believe, made a difference for many people in the science, industry, innovation, higher education and research sectors, as well as within human services, and the many groups and individuals who have sought our advice and assistance throughout Victoria, and even beyond. I express my sincere thanks to all those who have worked in my ministerial offices, the departmental staff of those portfolios I have served in, and especially to my electorate staff, some of whom have been with me for many long years.
I want to acknowledge the great support of very many Labor Party members who I have worked with, in support of progressive policies and campaigns through the rewarding times, and the more difficult times. There are many comrades who have honoured me with their commitment, kindness and willingness to fight for their beliefs and values again and again. I look forward to thanking many of those individuals personally in the weeks ahead.
Of course, I wish to sincerely thank the voters in Victoria, who have given me the honour five times of serving the Labor cause in the Federal Parliament.
The role of the Senate is often not fully appreciated. I have learned an enormous amount about a broad range of issues through the breadth and depth of the Senate committee system and Senate Estimates. I have come to appreciate the wide range of experience and expertise of many of my colleagues, even across the political spectrum. I trust that I have been able to contribute in a positive way to this work. I acknowledge the great skills and assistance provided by the staff of the Department of the Senate, the Office of the Clerk, and the numerous Committee Secretariats.
During my nearly three decades of service, I was privileged to serve in numerous roles in Labor governments. Nobody should underestimate how tough it is for Labor in this country to be elected to govern, and I take this opportunity to wish the party every success in the forthcoming federal election. There are so many people in this country who need and depend on the progressive government that Labor offers for their wellbeing and ability to fulfil their potential.
Finally, to my partner Carole, my children Laura, Sarah, Ruth and Seamus, and more recently, my young grandchildren, William and Rafferty, who I look forward to spending more time with them from now on - my heartfelt thanks for their unflagging support.