Source: Dandenong Leader
John Pandazopoulos won’t recontest the seat of Dandenong at the next state election. Source: News Limited
STATE Labor MP for Dandenong John Pandazopoulos has announced he won’t be standing at the next State Election
Mr Pandazopoulus said he was retiring from 22 years in State Parliament and 26 years in public life, including his time as a councillor and Mayor of the then City of Berwick.
‘Panda’, as he is affectionately known, said it was an honour and privilege to have served the people of Dandenong and surrounding suburbs.
“It’s mostly an area of working people and migrants who are working hard to make a living for themselves and their families, a story similar to that of my parents,” Mr Pandazopoulos said.
“These people rely on us Labor people to look after them, advocate for them, defend their rights and interests and, when in government, deliver for them.”
Mr Pandazopoulos said he was proud of his achievements in office, including the transformation of the Dandenong CBD, EastLink, the Dandenong Bypass, and enshrining multiculturalism in the Multicultural Victoria Act and the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.
“All of these were achieved through the shear hard work of the many people that I have worked with who shared the vision,” he said.
“I, of course, remain in Parliament until the next election, serving the people of Dandenong and continuing my work on Parliament’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.”
Mr. Pandazopoulos has served in the Parliament of Victoria for 22 years and he will not be running again in the November 2012 election. He is the longest standing Greek politician to hold a seat in Australian parliament. He was elected to the City of Berwick Council in 1987, and was Mayor of Berwick from 1990-1991. He is also the chairman in the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association (WHIΡA).
In the meantime, the former Mayor of Monash, Stephen Dimopoulos, announced that he will fight for the nomination of candidate for the Labor Party for the government seat of Oakley.
The Greek Lambros Tapinos, the current Mayor of Moreland announced that he will fight for the seat of Pasko Veil with the Labor Party.