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Patricia Schnauer To Retire From Parliamen

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Sunday 19th Sep 1999 Richard Prebble

ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble today announced that ACT MP and Justice Spokesman Patricia Schnauer will retire from Parliament at the election.

"Patricia Schnauer has been a very valuable MP. Patricia advised me a year ago that she did not intend to stand again. I am disappointed but I understand," said Hon Richard Prebble.

"Patricia has been a very effective MP. She led the fight in Parliament on behalf of the Taranaki farmers over the Maori Reserved Land Act.

"It was Patricia Schnauer who wrote to the Auditor General to investigate the pay-out to Tourism Board directors.

"More recently, it was Patricia Schnauer's amendment to the Human Rights Act that protected the right of Police to continue to serve in the Police force past the age of 55.

"I have no doubt that Patricia will be successful in whatever she does. I believe that with MMP we are going to see more citizen MPs - people like Derek Quigley and Patricia Schnauer- who serve for a period of 3 years and then return to their work in the community," said Hon Richard Prebble.

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